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Pimms recipe – here’s how to make the perfect pitcher of Pimm’s for the summer heatwave

SUMMER just isn’t the same without a refreshing glass of Pimm’s in the sunshine.

What fruit do you put in and what’s it mixed with? Here’s all you need to know about making the perfect jug of Pimm’s…

 Perfecting a jug of Pimm's is a fine art


Perfecting a jug of Pimm’s is a fine artCredit: PIMMS

How can I make the perfect jug of Pimm’s?

While many pubs and bars serve the popular summer beverage, not all of them get the mix just right.

Here’s the recipe for the perfect traditional Pimm’s:

  • Take a jug (for several cups) or a glass and add as much ice as you like.
  • Pour one part Pimm’s No. 1 with three parts of carbonated lemonade over the ice.
  • Add mint leaves, slices of cucumber, orange slices and strawberries and serve.
 An oldie but a goodie


An oldie but a goodieCredit: Handout
  • Pimm’s No. 1, £15 for 70Cl from Tesco – buy now

What is Pimm’s?

The Pimm’s Cup’s origins date back to 1832 – when London-based oyster bar owner James Pimm started offering visitors a gin-based drink containing quinine and a secret blend of spices.

The drink became known as a digestion aid and was served in small cups known as “No. 1 Cups”.

 Combine Pimm's with fresh strawberries for a refreshing summer drink


Combine Pimm’s with fresh strawberries for a refreshing summer drinkCredit: PIMMS


By the end of the 19th century the drink was popular all over the United Kingdom.

The first Pimm’s bar at Wimbledon opened at the 1971 Wimbledon tournament – and these days over 80,000 pints of Pimm’s and lemonade are sold to ticket holders every year.


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