Nothing says British Summer like a glass of Pimm’s in the garden. But did you know you can make your own Pimms? It’s easy with this homemade Pimms recipe.
Pimm’s is just one example of a fruit cup, a kind of gin-based punch made with other sweet spirits and lots of fruit. Fruit cups were particularly popular during the 1800’s when every landlord in every pub would have their own recipe. James Pimm of the Oyster Bar on Lombard Street, London was the first to mass produce his recipe and eventually the name Pimm’s became synonymous with the drink.
But anyone can make their own fruit cup at home and play around with the flavours until you have your own personal Pimms recipe. Here’s our version.
100ml sweet sherry
200ml sweet vermouth
285 ml Gin*
2 litres sparkling lemonade
10 mint sprigs
½ cucumber, thinly sliced
Handful of strawberries, quartered
½ orange, thinly sliced
½ lemon, thinly sliced
Add all the ingredients to a punch bowl. Stir and allow 30 minutes for the flavours to combine.
Serve in ice-filled glasses making sure to add some of the fruit to each serving.
Garnish with fresh mint.
*Which Gin should you use?
The Pimm’s recipe is a closely guarded secret but the most likely use a fairly traditional London Dry with a prominent juniper flavour, something like; Edinburgh Gin, Masons or Poetic License Northern Dry.
That doesn’t mean you can’t play around with different gins though.
If you want to double down on the strawberry there’s always Poetic License Strawberries & Cream Picnic Gin.
And, of course, we couldn’t suggest a drink garnished with cucumber without mentioning Hendricks, that amazingly floral gin that sings with cucumber.
Try port instead of the sweet sherry for a richer, fruitier flavour.
You can get rid of the sweet sherry entirely and try 100 - 200ml of sloe gin instead. You’ll get much more of a juniper bite as well as a sweeter and richer drink but with a little less alcohol.
For more of a Sangria like concoction, try swapping 500ml of lemonade for fresh orange juice.
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