The perfect summer Pimm’s Cup recipe

The Pimm’s Cup is the quintessential English cocktail. The cocktail, at its core, is a thirst quenching botanical drink based off Pimm’s No 1, a gin liqueur.

It evokes Wimbledon and the lazy, hazy days of summer.

The liqueur is made into something truly out of this world with the addition of zesty and sweet lemonade, plus a bounty of garnishes, like lemon, orange, cucumber, and mint at the very minimum.

Before Meghan Markle was princess-to-be, she headed a lifestyle website called The Tig on top of starring on the American programme Suits.

It was a described as a “hub for the discerning palate – those with a hunger for food, travel, fashion & beauty.”

Luckily, a recipe which may have been hers lives on. Back in 2014, Meghan shared her “love of all things British” (a sign of things to come, perhaps?) with her alleged take on the Pimm’s Cup.

It adds grapefruit rinds and shavings of spicy radish, plus the cucumber is delicately sliced into ribbons instead of diced into chunks.

On the mixer front, soda water and tonic water replace the traditional lemonade. And if Pimm’s weren’t enough, cherry liqueur is also in the mix for a fruity addition.

If you fancy a Pimm’s Cup possibly by the future princess, keep reading.

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The Signature Tig Cup

Note: Meghan Markle apparently made this, but either way it’s a delicious cocktail!


  • Fresh mint
  • Fresh ribbons of cucumber
  • Grapefruit rind
  • Shavings of radish
  • Thin stalks of celery
  • Lime
  • Ice
  • Your favourite gin (note: Pimm’s No 1 is traditional)
  • Soda water
  • Tonic water
  • Maraschino cherry liqueur


  1. Fill a jug with ice. Top with gin, soda water, tonic water, maraschino cherry liqueur and mix.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir and enjoy!

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Ketsuda Phoutinane

The Gin Kin Online Editor. Always up for a dirty martini.