Acapulco Cup Cocktail by Gabriel Cabrera

If it were possible to distill all of the flavors of summer into a highball glass, we’re pretty sure it would taste something like this delicious Acapulco Cup, crafted by Gabriel Cabrera of The Artful Desperado. A seasonal twist on the classic Pimm’s cup, this cocktail’s combination of watermelon, cucumber, mint, and basil makes for a refreshing—and irresistible—summer treat!

Acapulco Cup Cocktail by Gabriel Cabrera

“This version of the Pimm’s Cup is super fragrant and refreshing. Perfect for a dinner party and beautiful when served in large quantities—like in a jug (ummm… yes please!).” — Gabriel Cabrera

Acapulco Cup Cocktail by Gabriel Cabrera

Acapulco Cup

    1 ½ oz Pimm’s No. 1

    1 oz cucumber juice*

    1 oz simple syrup*

    ½ oz freshly squeezed lime juice

    Club soda

    Bunch of basil and mint

    Watermelon, cut in small cubes

    Cucumber slices

Acapulco Cup Cocktail by Gabriel Cabrera

Acapulco Cup Cocktail by Gabriel Cabrera


1. In a tall glass, add some ice, a few watermelon cubes and a couple slices of cucumber (fill just half the glass).

2. Add the Pimm’s, cucumber juice, simple syrup, and lime juice. Stir with a bar spoon for 10 seconds.

3. Top with more cucumber, ice, and watermelon, and a splash of club soda. Garnish with a nice bunch of mint and a basil leaf.

* Cucumber juice: Juice 1 long cucumber in a juicer or place 1 long cucumber (seeded) + 1 cup of water in a blender, blend for a few minutes, then let is sit for 1 minute. Strain and use liquid for the cocktail.

** Simple syrup: Place 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a pot over medium heat. Simmer until sugar dissolves and mix becomes syrupy, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

Acapulco Cup Cocktail by Gabriel Cabrera

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Gabriel Cabrera is a food + prop stylist and photographer who resides in Vancouver, BC. You can follow him on Instagram, Pinterest and his blog The Artful Desperado.

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Josh | The Kentucky Gent

June 11, 2015

All of those flavors in drink together sound absolutely delicious.

Josh | The Kentucky Gent


June 12, 2015

Aren’t you adding a lemon on top? What’s the yellow?

Maxwell Tielman

June 12, 2015

Hi, Farrah! Good eye! Citrus was added as a garnish for the photos.


June 12, 2015

Hello! I adore these flavors together but wondered if you could recommend a non-alcoholic substitution for the Pimms? Thanks so much.


June 12, 2015

12 oz. of Pimm’s No. 1…

…or 2 oz? (or 1/2 oz?)

Karen Kelly

June 13, 2015

Oh my goodness this is beautiful. I love all the fresh herbs and the long slices of cucumber. Perfect for wine night in my neighborhood. Thanks for sharing!

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Harry Larson

September 9, 2016

Wow! I didn’t resist and tried it yesterday. It was really very delicious. I loved it. This turned out to be my favorite cocktail 🙂 Besides, there is no big mess to be cleaned after its preparation 🙂

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