A Pimm's Cup is made by adding a lemon, a lime and an orange all cut into thin slices to a pitcher and muddling with a spoon. Add 3 cups Pimm's No.1 Cup and 48 ounces of lemon-lime soda, stir and pour into iced glasses garnished with a cucumber spear.
A New Orleans style of Pimm's Cup is a simpler version than the traditional British drink because of the lack of fruit. The Brits make variations using not only citrus, but berries and other fruits for this summer drink. To make a New Orleans version, add 1 part Pimm's No.1 Cup to 3 parts lemon-lime soda (or substitute equal parts tonic water and club soda for the lemon-lime) to a glass filled with ice. Add a couple cucumber slices, a squeeze of lime and a sprig of mint, stir and serve.
The traditional gin-based Pimm's No.1 Cup was invented in the 1840s by James Pimm as a health tonic. Over the years more Pimm's flavors were added based on various liquors. Most variations are discontinued, except a vodka version No.6, and No. 3 based on brandy that is sold as "Pimm's Winter Cup." However, the most popular version by far remains Pimm's No.1.