1950s Recipes + Menus

Pimm’s Cup

August 1957
Pimm’s No. 1 Cup is a gin-based aperitif. Once upon a time, there were also versions made with Scotch, brandy, rum, rye whiskey, and vodka. Only No. 1 is available today. Our garnish is slightly more ornate than the classic sliver of cucumber, but far from the baroque fruit cocktails you sometimes see. Gary Regan, in The Joy of Mixology, suggests using basil as a garnish.

Pour 1 jigger Pimm’s (any number) over 3 or 4 ice cubes in a tall glass. Fill it with lemon soda or ginger ale and garnish the glass with a thin strip of cucumber, a slice of lemon, and a sprig of mint.
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