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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48 thoughts on “Cocktail Hour: How To Make The Perfect Pimms”
I have only heard of Pimm’s before (on British TV shows) but I definitely want to give this a try the next time I’m in the UK!
It’s definitely a really British drink but it’s one that everyone should try! 🙂
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. 🙂
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! 🙂
Love some Pimms! We had it at our wedding as the drinks for the guests and it was such an amazing day, Pimms always makes me think of that.
Oh that’s so lovely! Pimms at a wedding sounds absolutely amazing 🙂
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 😛
It’s the perfect balance of sweet and refreshing! Such a great hot weather drink 🙂
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
Oh definitely! I feel like honestly no one knew it was a gin based drink :’)
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
It’s the best! Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂
This looks delicious and refreshing! Thanks for sharing!
It definitely is! 🙂
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
I feel like no one knew it was a gin based drink haha! Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂
Pimms is such a Summery and refreshing drink! I really fancy a Pimm’s and lemonade right now! x
Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk
It’s the best! Even if it is Summery I reckon I’ll still be drinking it for a few weeks longer 🙂
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!
Glad you enjoyed reading! One stronger drink will forever be better than a few watered down ones! 🙂
Omg I want to spend happy hour with you. You know and can make all the coolest drinks!
Haha aw thanks so much! 🙂
Summer is definitely a state of mind, I’m sure I’ll still be drinking summery drinks like pimms and sangria 🙂 will definitely be trying this recipe! x
Agreed! The cold won’t stop me from getting Summery haha 🙂
I love pimms😍 this looks delicious!
So good isn’t it!
Ooh, I love a good Pimm’s. We always make them in my family for summer and it brings back so many memories!
It’s such a lovely drink! Definitely a favourite of mine 🙂
This makes me REALLY want a Pimms. But also a lovely summer garden to sit in and a BBQ..
I feel you! Wishing it was still BBQ season right now!
This sounds amazing! Adding it to my list of things to try…soon! Great post!
Thank you so much!
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!
I’ll always be in the mood for a Pimms (even if it is more of a Summery drink) 🙂
Looks SOOO refreshing!! I’ve never had Pimms with Cucumber! Will definitely be giving this a go. Great review 🙂
Cucumber is amazing with Pimms! I’d definitely recommend adding it in next time you make yourself one 🙂
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.
You never know the sun could still shine! 🙂
I used to have to make Pimms at work during the summer season so this has brought back lots of memories, haha!
Tash // A Girl with a View
Aw I love that. Good memories I hope haha! 🙂
This looks great, thank you for sharing.
Thanks so much!
I’m such a Pimms lover and I’d love to bring it into autumn a big more! Thanks for sharing your recipe!
I’m on a mission to find an Autumnal Pimms recipe – I’m not quite ready to give it up yet haha! 🙂
Oo I never really have Pimms but this looks good!
Amber | The Unpredicted Page
It’s so dreamy! 🙂
I have never tasted Pimms but looks fabulous. Beautiful pictures my dear. 🙂
Via | https://glossnglitters.com
Thanks so much! 🙂