Cocktail Hour: How To Make The Perfect Pimms

Cocktail Hour: How To Make The Perfect Pimms - Female Original

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.

Cocktail Hour: How To Make The Perfect Pimms - Female Original

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.

Cocktail Hour: How To Make The Perfect Pimms - Female Original

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.

Cocktail Hour: How To Make The Perfect Pimms - Female Original


75ml Pimms

150ml lemonade (I use 7UP Free)

3 slices of cucumber

10-15 mint leaves (chopped)

2 strawberries, quartered

Plenty of ice

Cocktail Hour: How To Make The Perfect Pimms - Female Original


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!

Cocktail Hour: How To Make The Perfect Pimms - Female Original

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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48 thoughts on “Cocktail Hour: How To Make The Perfect Pimms

  1. I have never had Pimms before and the addition of cucumber sounds cooling, so I want to try this before all the heat is totally gone from my slice of the world. I love that you went out and found out what is in the drink you love and made it the way you like it; I would rather enjoy one good drink too over a couple weak ones. πŸ™‚

    1. It’s such a refreshing drink that’s perfect in the hot weather. It’s gotten much cooler here in the UK over the last week but I can still see myself making a Pimms and lemonade for at least a few more weeks. It’s just too good to let go of haha! πŸ™‚

  2. That looks so incredibly refreshing! I’m not much of a drinker but this looks great and I’ve heard that Pimms is a lot of people’s favourite alcoholic drink. I need to give it a try soon πŸ˜›

  3. Wimbledon and Pimm’s is the only way to spend your life in July. I’ve been drinking Pimm’s forever and I had no idea that it was gin based either!! That’s interesting. I hated gin when I was younger but I still enjoyed Pimm’s. And I totally agree, stronger is better. I hate the watery ones you get sometimes if you order a jug somewhere x


  4. I love pimms! I could drink it all year round! Great post, I also didn’t know it was Gin based so that explains a lot because I love that to.

    You’ve inspired me to make some for tonight now x x

  5. Ooh I love a pimms! I actually never thought about what was in it either you know! I haven’t had a pimms in a long while but it is a great summer drink. Reading this has made me want a glass of pimms tonight, as it’s a Friday and all that! xx

  6. Oooh! It has been ages since I had Pimms! So good, love that you share some delicious cocktail and alcoholic recipes hehe. I love that the perfect drink is easy to make. I am the same when it comes to stronger drinks!! I really need to up my game with these citrus!! Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ✨

    1. Glad you enjoyed reading! One stronger drink will forever be better than a few watered down ones! πŸ™‚

  7. I can’t remember the last time I had Pimms, it was years ago. But I could just drink one right now. Your post has inspired a trip to the shop tomorrow!

  8. Hi Faye. Thanks for this, perhaps we may have one or two more sunny days to enjoy a Pimms before Winter arrives ….

    I’m definitely with you – fewer strong drinks are preferable to lots of weaker ones.

    1. I’m on a mission to find an Autumnal Pimms recipe – I’m not quite ready to give it up yet haha! πŸ™‚

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