Alright so I know it’s officially Autumn. BUT when I asked if people were still interested in seeing my ultimate Pimms recipe over on Twitter you all said (well 93% of you did) that you were still keen to see the recipe. So before we get engulfed by dark nights and rainy days I’m sharing that last little bit of sunshine with my super simple Pimms recipe. I’m telling ya, it’s a good’un.
What is Pimms?
I have such a specific memory of being at university a few years back and it had reached that point in the year where everyone had finished all of their exams and handed in their coursework and it was all about just enjoying the last bit of uni before the Summer holidays. For me and my friends that meant hanging out at our campus bar, enjoying the sun and drinking Pimms.
The reason I’m bringing this up is because one day while we were all sat sipping on a Pimms I suddenly said to everyone ‘what even is Pimms?’. I’d been drinking it for years but honestly had absolutely no clue what it was. And turns out, no one else did either. So, a quick Google later and we found out that it’s actually a gin-based drink (which is sometimes considered to be a liqueur). As a gin lover it made a lot of sense why Pimms has become another favourite of mine.
Typically associated with the likes of Wimbledon (the tennis tournament), the Chelsea Flower Show and the Henley Regatta, Pimms is a real typical British Summertime drink. It’s a fruity and light long drink often served with lemonade and plenty of slices of fruit.
How To Make The Perfect Pimms
When I made my first Pimms of the season this year I did a bit of research into what the perfect mix would be. As you know already, I tend to go for a stronger drink as I’d rather have one really flavoursome drink than multiple watery ones (who’s with me?). After doing my research I came to the conclusion that the recipes out there seemed way too weak on the Pimms. So, as I always do, I made a few adjustments to the recipes I found and put my own twist on the classic.
150ml lemonade (I use 7UP Free)
3 slices of cucumber
10-15 mint leaves (chopped)
2 strawberries, quartered
Plenty of ice
Fill a third to half of your glass with ice.
Add the chopped mint leaves, cucumber and strawberry slices to the glass.
Pour in the 75ml of Pimms and top with 150ml of lemonade.
Serve and enjoy!
I have to say I’ve been drinking this all Summer long. And, even though it might be officially Autumn, I’m still planning on sipping on it all weekend long too. Have you tried Pimms before? Does it sound like your kind of thing?
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