The Pimm’s Cup: Bar Tonique’s Recipe

A distinctly British drink with a historic New Orleans address

Photo: Cedric Angeles

This refreshing highball can claim a dual lineage—a distinctly British drink with a historic New Orleans address. Made with a spicy English gin–based liqueur (Pimm’s No. 1) and a tall pour of lemony soda or ginger ale, this summer quencher is associated with the legendary Napoleon House bar on Chartres Street. At Bar Tonique, a funky craft- cocktail joint at the edge of the French Quarter, bartenders forgo the traditional cucumber garnish and muddle citrus fruits to order. The result: a distinctively tangy take on the classic.


    • 1/4 oz. demerara sugar syrup (2:1 sugar/water ratio)

    • 3 lemon (cut into wedges)

    • 3 lime (cut into wedges)

    • 6 orange (cut into wedges)

    • 2 oz. Pimm's No. 1

    • Club soda


  1. In a metal shaker, combine demerara syrup and citrus wedges, and crush with a wooden muddler. Add Pimm’s and a couple of ice cubes, and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass and fill to the rim with club soda. Stir to combine and serve.

Cocktail recipe from Bar Tonique in New Orleans, Louisiana