New Orleans-Style Pimm’s Cup

Southern Kitchen
Pimms Cup

Serves: Makes 1 cocktail

Hands On Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


1 1/2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1

1/2 ounce gin

1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Ginger beer

Fresh mint and a cucumber round, for garnish


In a highball glass, combine the Pimm’s, gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters. Add a desired amount of ice and, with a long cocktail spoon, stir ingredients to mix well. Top with ginger beer and garnish with fresh springs of mint and cucumber slices. Serve immediately.

About the recipe

The Pimm’s Cup originated in England in the 1840s, but it was made famous a second time by the Napoleon House hotel a century later. Since its debut in the Big Easy, it has remained one of the most classic and beloved beverages in town. (In fact, New Orleans is known for taking credit for the drink entirely.)

This herbaceous ginger-flavored cocktail is traditionally enjoyed during the summer months due to its bright flavor profile. In our opinion, however, a good Pimm’s should be consumed year round and as often as possible.