I have a confession, I came a little late to the party when it comes to Pimm’s. It wasn’t until my early thirties that I had enjoyed my first tall glass of the lovely stuff and fell head over heels in love with it. There is something intoxicating about the blend of alcohol, fruit, mint and lemonade which makes it almost impossible to stop at one. The frothy top of the glass with it’s cheeky mint leaves swirling around and strawberries bobbing up and down in the amber nectar is hard to beat as one of the top summertime drinks. As we have a mound of raspberry bushes in the garden and have got a little fed up with Eton Mess I decided to use those.

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As with most drinks, there are some variations to play around with other than the one of the label for the original blend and I’m happy to report that for the good of this post I decided to explore the possibilities that mixing things up would bring. Some were winners and others, well, let’s not dwell on those. And don’t forget that the little people may like to get in on the act with their own non-alcoholic cocktails which our lovely Vix wrote about.

The main thing to remember with all cocktails you make is they taste so much better cold, so make sure your fruit is chilled, you have plenty of ice and you can even pop your glasses briefly into the freezer for that extra hit of ice cold pleasure. Go mad, have fun, decorate your glasses by brushing egg white around the edges and rolling in sugar – the only limit is your imagination.

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So I’m sharing a few recipes for you to try out.

Pimms Classic

1 part Pimms
3 parts lemonade
garnish with mint, cucumber, strawberries and lemons – optional ice – this waters things down but keeps it cool
serve in a large wine glass

Pimms Rangoon

3 parts Pimms
1/4 shot freshly squeezed lime juice
top up with Ginger Ale
garnish with a sprig of mint and slices of lemon
serve in a tall highball glass

Pimms Royal

1 part Pimms
top up with champagne
garnish with 3 berries on a stick with cucumber peel
serve in a champagne flute


There’s a terrific recipe for a Pimm’s Iced Tea which you can get here. This would be brilliant using some of the gorgeous Tea Pigs teas which will be featuring in an upcoming post soon.

Remember, adventure is out there!

[stextbox id=”tmk-box”]And here’s the link to the official Pimm’s site [/stextbox]