July 1, 2010  •  Category:


I am spending my days with my English cousin Andrew; when I introduce him to people at parties the first reaction when they see him (he looks 100% English) is: ” How come  you have an English cousin?” (Lebanese people are curious and candid); well his grandmother was my grandfather’s sister.

He brought with him an armload of gifts, including two bottles of Pimm’s; he said this was a typical English drink and a tradition and he had just had it at Ascot.

Pimm’s has been our cocktail of choice after a long day of experiencing Lebanese drivers; yesterday, we were coming home from Beirut and the highway was a most surreal site of drivers using it in every possible way (including cars in the sidewalk)  except the right way; I was so relieved Andrew was at the wheel and is  blessed with very British nerves of steel.

To make a glass of Pimm’s:

1/3 Pimm’s,  2/3 Seven-up, a few peels of cucumbers, a slice of lemon, a few sprigs of fresh mint


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  1. Lyndsey says:

    Looks good. Would love to try it. Another blogger friend (fron London) was talking about Pimms. First I’ve heard of it and now here!

  2. Helen (Fuss Free Flavours) says:

    You know you can make a pretty good imitation Pimm’s when you have drunk it all? I call it “the Mix” or “Pim’s”!

    1 measure gin, 1 red vermouth, 1/2 orange Curacao (you can use any orange liqueur but the coloured one gives a better Pimm’s colour)

    Love Pimm’s / Pim’s. I make it by the litre.

  3. Krista says:

    You just made me a very happy girl, Joumana! I’ve been wanting to know how to make this drink for months and now I can!!! Thank you so much. 🙂 So glad you made it through the traffic safely. So scary!

  4. elra says:

    Well done Andrew, now I get to taste Joumana’s pimm’s.

  5. Anita says:

    Cute cousin :), glad you survived the madness on the road. I don’t dare drive there, even in my hometown. It’s surreal for sure!!

  6. Sarah Galvin (All Our Fingers in the Pie) says:

    I have never tried Pimm’s. I will have to see if it is in my liquor store. Is there anything missing in your recipe? 1/3 + 1/3 = 2/3.

  7. Joumana says:

    Sarah; oops, I meant 2/3 seven-up!

  8. Priya says:

    Never tried pimms, looks very refreshing..

  9. fériel says:

    It is magnificently successful

  10. brian_in_gib says:

    Pimms, lemonade, ice and a slice = summer! I like the touch with the fresh mint. There’s a typical summer drink here which is on the same lines. Dry sherry, ice and lemonade. Sometimes mint too. It’s called ‘rebujito’, you can drink it by the gallon but it comes with the mother of all hangovers the following day.
    greetings from gib,

  11. john@heneedsfood says:

    Mmmm Pimms and lemonade. To be honest I’ve only ever had it in England at a friends place while eating a ploughman’s lunch. Sigh

  12. Angie's Recipes says:

    Love Pimms too. A really great aperitif.

  13. Sasa says:

    Pimm’s! My mum and aunt used to drink this in the holidays before 5pm because it was “lighter” than gin!

  14. anncoo says:

    I have never tried Pimms before. Wonder what’s the taste like 😉

  15. SYLVIA says:

    This is a great refreshing thirst quenching cocktail for outdoor entertaining on warm summer afternoons. I like how the lemon and the cucumber float in the glass, and the ice makes a sound.

  16. heguiberto says:

    How refreshing this drink is.
    Did you both wear Ascot style outfits to go with the drink?
    The hats those ladies wear at Ascot are incredible.

  17. deana says:

    Nummy drink.. I remember Pimms cup from so long ago… sort of forgot about it… thanks for the memory jog!!

  18. Devaki says:

    Hi Joumana – Oh I adore Pimm’s – It was the to go to drink growing up at the country club and I’d always see grown ups all around us having these. Since then, it’s one of my fave drinks too.

    Those were the times of the ‘cocktail hour’. Gosh! We really ought to bring it back 🙂

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  19. Doc says:

    I absolutely love a Pimm’s Cup and I always get looks in the States when I order it. Enjoy, and tell your English cousin we wish him a “Happy Expulsion Day”, sa my British friend wished me!

  20. A Canadian Foodie says:

    Nice to see the whole post!

  21. Cook with Madin says:

    Lovely post. I like your site. Everything looks good.

  22. Mark says:

    About half the time we add a shot of ginger beer to ours…it’s a nice variation.

  23. Hélène (Cannes) says:

    J’aime le Pimm’s … Je m’en rapporterai d’ailleurs de Londres d’ici quelques semaines ! Pour l’instant, je bois virtuellement une gorgée du tien …

  24. Lea Ann says:

    I have never heard of Pimms! Looks and sounds so refreshing.

  25. Faith says:

    This looks so refreshing for a hot summer day. I love the mint and cucumber in it!

  26. tom tall clover farm says:

    Joumana, I love this drink, but fear I consider it a summer drink and being so, I refuse to make it until our Northwest skies produce a day above 70 degrees. Word on the street is that should happen July 5th. Ingredients are in hand and I’m a patient man. One thing’s for sure, when that happens, I’ll be toasting you for supplying this fine recipe (and so many others).

  27. Baking Serendipity says:

    This looks so refreshing and perfect for summer!

  28. joudie's mood food says:

    Joumana, how are you? So funny you mention pimms. My husband does not drink at all. Until he came home the other day and like as if he had a revelation from the heavens came home and said ” I LOVE PIMMS, why didnt you tell me about it”. Well my answer was because i just assumed you dont like alcohol…. Anyway he has been going on and on and on about it and ordering it evrywhere we go and telling people about THIS DRINK he discovered!! 🙂 Nice post, now i know how to make it.

  29. Louise says:

    Now you’ve done it, Joumana. I’ve never heard of this beverage before. Now I’m curious…Thanks for sharing…

  30. OysterCulture says:

    A Pimm’s is one of my favorite drinks, its so refreshing. Perfect for summer. Hope you are enjoying yours.

  31. Conor @ HoldtheBeef says:

    This is THE thing to drink at Wimbledon. I was very lucky to do just that a week ago! Perfect on a summer’s day.

  32. TastyTrix says:

    Pimm’s are the specialty drink at the Napoleon House in New Orleans, and I absolutely love them!! I haven’t had one all summer (I’ve been obsessed with Campari & soda) but this post really truly deeply makes me want one. So refreshing.

  33. FOODESSA says:

    Well…this can be a great addition to our cocktail list.

    BTW…Beirut doesn’t sound less road surreal than let’s say Rome!?!

    Ciao for now,

  34. My Kitchen in the Rockies says:

    We love Pimm’s. My English friend, Tim, brings it to every get together. He grows his own Mint leafs. Absolutely delicious.

  35. citronetvanille says:

    Tu as de la famille partout! du Pays Basque en Grande-Bretagne! Effectivement après la traffic des grandes villes, un petit verre de remontant est recommandé. Le pimm’s je ne me souviens pas si j’ai déja goûté! mais j’adore la couleur ambrée de ce joli mélange!

  36. Alice says:

    Mmm this sounds really good right now!

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