Cotswold Pimm's

A jug of Pimm’s epitomises the English summer. Whether it’s a picnic in the hills, a BBQ in the garden, or one of our many great festivals and summer events, you can’t beat a refreshing, thirst-quenching Pimm’s.

Long enough to drink all afternoon, bursting with sunny oranges, cooling cucumber and juicy strawberries, with a hint of zingy mint, there’s no wonder it’s our summertime best-seller. But wait till you’ve tried the Cotswold’s own version – Summer Cup from Cotswolds Distillery – that’s all about summer in the Cotswolds…


Pimm’s was first invented by Kent farmer James Pimm in the 1820s. It began to gain popularity in the 1850s after Mr Pimm served it at his oyster bar in London.

Pimm’s No 1 Cup is a gin-based spirit made by infusing gin with a blend of botanicals, caramelised orange and warm spices. The exact recipe remains a secret to this day.

Other variations followed in 1865 including those made with Scotch, rum, brandy, whisky and vodka. The vodka-based Pimm’s No 6 is still available today.


Cotswolds Distillery’s Summer Cup is a modern-day, Cotswold-inspired spin on the Pimm’s theme. It is made from a refreshing blend of the company’s award-winning Cotswolds Dry Gin and hand-crafted Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherries, finished with select herbal and spice essences.

It is fruity and aromatic with a complex, bitter-sweet finish and is delicious mixed with lemonade or ginger ale, cucumber, mint, fresh summer fruits and lots of ice – the perfect long drink on a hot summer’s day in the Cotswolds!

How to make the Perfect Cotswold Pimms:

For the perfect serve, fill a large jug or glass with one part Cotswolds Summer Cup over plenty of ice, top with two parts lemonade or ginger ale and garnish with fresh mint, cucumber and your favourite summer fruits.