Winter Pimm’s Cup

Adapted from Winter Drinks by the Editors of PUNCH

While there is no official category for ostentatiously garnished classics, we refer to them as “chain- reaction drinks.” One hits the bar and, soon, everyone’s drinking one. The Pimm’s Cup—a simple mix of Pimm’s No. 1 liqueur and ginger ale, garnished with abandon—is one of those drinks. Here we replace ginger ale with American lager and then garnish the drink with a bounty of fresh winter herbs, apples, and cranberries for a headturning holiday take on the classic summertime cooler.

Reprinted with permission from Winter Drinks by the Editors of PUNCH, copyright © 2018. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House.


Serving: 1

  • 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces Pimm’s No. 1
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • American lager, to top

Garnish: seasonal fruit and herbs

  1. Combine the ginger and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and use a muddler to lightly crush the ginger.
  2. Add the Pimm’s and lemon juice. Add ice, shake, strain over ice into a tall collins glass, and top with lager.
  3. Garnish with seasonal fruit and herbs.