Bottoms Up: Pimm’s Cup Cocktail with Fresh Ginger, Lime and Tarragon

Pimm's Cup Drink Recipe with Fresh Ginger, Lime and Tarragon | Healthy Summer Cocktail Recipe Earlier this summer, Charlie was out in LA for work, and I decided to join him for a little mini vacation. We stayed at a trendy new-ish hotel called The Line in Koreatown, and spent Friday afternoon playing hookey from life and lounging by the pool.

In addition to a café called Pot, which left me confused and slightly disappointed when I flipped to the room service tab by the same name, the hotel housed Roy Choi’s restaurant Commissary. I’m a big fan of the movie Chef (duh), which Choi consulted on. But had never eaten any of his food.

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All the drinks were served in plastic pint containers—a very cheeky, chef-y way to avoid the no glass rule by the water—and used interesting combinations of herbs. One of my favorites was a savory, Asian-inspired take on Pimm’s cup with shiso leaves.

A classic Pimm’s cup recipe usually includes some combination of sliced cucumber, strawberries and citrus fruit. The add-ins are subject to interpretation, just like your basic sangria. But Pimm’s drinks are typically topped off with ginger ale or lemon lime soda for sweetness and fizz.

Pimm's Cup Drink Recipe with Fresh Ginger, Lime and Tarragon | Cocktail Recipe As you know, I’m not one for overly fruity anything, and I don’t particularly like random chunks of apple in my wine or vodka. So I was relieved that my poolside Pimm’s punch was full of flavor without any of the actual fruit.

A few weeks ago, the lovely Sherrie of With Food and Love asked me to join her #drinkthesummer virtual mixer with a seasonal cocktail recipe. And my mind immediately went back to that herby LA play on Pimm’s cup.

Pimm's Cup Recipe with Fresh Ginger, Lime and Tarragon | Cocktail Recipe Pimm's Cup Drink Recipe with Fresh Ginger, Lime and Tarragon | Healthy Summer Cocktail Recipe Instead of using soda, I made my own fresh ginger simple syrup. It’s only slightly sweet with a tablespoon of maple syrup. You can add more if you like, especially since there isn’t any fruit hanging out adding more natural sugars to the mix. And in place of the shiso leaves, which can be hard to find, I used a few bushy sprigs of fresh tarragon. I liked how the anise played nicely with the cucumber–an obligatory vegetable for any refreshing summer cocktail.

You can make a big batch and serve it out of a pitcher, or feel free to load up a few leftover pint containers with ice and pour yourself a chef-y over-sized portion of this Pimm’s cup recipe. If you get over-served, at least you won’t risk breaking a glass.

Bottoms up! And make sure to check out the other great #drinkthesummer recipes below.

Xo
Phoebe

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Pimm's Cup Recipe with Fresh Ginger, Lime and Tarragon | Cocktail Recipe

Pimm’s Cup Cocktail with Fresh Ginger, Lime and Tarragon

Pimm’s Cup Cocktail with Fresh Ginger, Lime and Tarragon

Ingredients

  • 2-inches fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup
  • 8 springs tarragon
  • 1 1/2 cups Pimm's No. 1
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups soda water
  • 1 cucumber, cut lengthwise into 8 wedges

Instructions

  1. Bring 1 cup of water to boil. In a heatproof cup or bowl, pour the boiling water over the ginger slices. Allow to steep for 20 minutes, or overnight. Stir in the raw honey.
  2. Remove the leaves from the bottom of half of the tarragon sprigs and add to the ginger water, followed by the Pimms, and lime slices. Chill for 10 minutes, then add the soda water.
  3. Fill 4 punch, Tom Collins, or pint glasses with ice and divide the Pimm’s mixture between them. Garnish with two cucumber wedges and the remaining tarragon sprigs.

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Check out the other awesome bloggers bringing seasonal simple cocktails to our virtual mixer:

Hummingbird High | Thyme Lemonade
Brooklyn Supper | Bloody Maria Cocktails
Cake Over Steak | Blackberry Bourbon Cocktail
Loves Food, Loves to Eat | Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers
my name is yeh | Nutella Egg Cream
The Pancake Princess | Strawberry Balsamic Shrubs
Edible Perspective | Rosé Slushies
Vegetarian ‘Ventures | Sparkling Peppered Plum Blush
Appeasing a Food Geek | Sugar Plum Margarita
Hungry Girl por Vida | Peanut Butter and Berry Smoothie
Cookie and Kate | Watermelon Sangria
Chocolate + Marrow | Raspberry Thyme Smash
The Bojon Gourmet | Basil Pluot Pimm’s Cup
what’s cooking good looking | Watermelon Basil Colada
i am a food blog | Thyme Gin and Tonics
Fix Feast Flair | Peachy Kentucky Mules

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24 Responses to Bottoms Up: Pimm’s Cup Cocktail with Fresh Ginger, Lime and Tarragon

  1. betty says:

    Oh hey!! Excited to have found your blog through #Drinkthesummer. I love these blogger bashes because Renee and Sherrie introduce me to so many awesome blogs I somehow didn’t discover before! This looks so good. Honestly anything with ginger is appealing to me, but this looks extra special!!! Yum.

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  4. Yayyy for pimms! I’ve totally been experimenting with it lately (after the first 28 years of my life when I never even owned a bottle) and I’m digging it. This is just lovely, Phoebe. Hope all is well!! xx

    • Ah – you’re just in time for the party :) I’ll admit it’s one of those bottles on the bar that gets neglected until summertime, but I’m thinkin I should experiment more too and figure out a winter punch with it! Loving your raspberry and thyme – a gorgeous combo! xoxoox

  5. So pretty Phoebe! Love it. This whole bash is so much fun. Happy summer friend!

  6. Em says:

    I’ve never had a pimm’s cup — can you believe it!? But it’s always been very intriguing to me in an East Coasty, I feel like I should own some jodhpurs kind of way. I love the Asian elements in this one — and tarragon!? Yum. Clink (or should I say clack — what sound does plastic-on-plastic make?) to you, Phoebe!

    • hahahah Em – I am with you on anything that makes you feel like you should own some jodhpurs. as a child on the east coast, I owned a few pairs. please go get yourself a bottle of Pimms girl! Clack clack clack xoxoxo

  7. I’ve never had a pimm’s cup, but this sounds so so good! Loving how this #drinkthesummer potluck has really been turning us on to combinations and drinks we wouldn’t normally think of. Awesome!

  8. I cannot wait to try these! I’ve never had a great way to use tarragon, and this looks like the perfect candidate :) Happy #drinkthesummer !

  9. Cindy says:

    This looks so refreshing! I love the idea of tarragon in there. Last spring Salt & Straw here in Portland had a Pimm’s Cup ICE CREAM. I loved it.

  10. Your day of playing hooky by the pool with cocktails sounds like a perfect day to me. Happy #drinkthesummer! This drink is so interesting.

  11. Sherrie says:

    Yeahhhhh loving on this tarragon Pimms! Thanks for hanging with us Phoebe, hope to see you in NY soon girl, xx.

  12. Frankie says:

    Gimme a pool and some Pimms, I’m there. Can I borrow Charlie too?

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