During the summer season, there are some firm favourite drinks that make an appearance year after year – never going out of style. One of them is the iconic Pimm’s, traditionally served with lemonade and garnishes such as mint, strawberries, orange and cucumber. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t shake up your Pimm’s with some of these delicious twists!
As Pimm’s No. 1 is constructed with a gin base, followed by the addition of spices, using Pimm’s alongside gin in various drinks works flawlessly. That makes Pimm’s the perfect addition to your gin and tonic – and an addition that doesn’t require much effort on your part.
Just add an equal measure of Pimm’s and gin, top up with tonic, throw in some classic Pimm’s garnishes, and you’ve got a refreshing summer treat on your hands. For a little extra flavour why not try using different tonics, such as a floral tonic like elderflower, or even a citrus-based tonic like lemon, as these bring a new dimension to an already flavourful beverage.
Despite the most common mixer for Pimm’s being lemonade, a great but simple way to change up the traditional serving is to substitute the lemonade for ginger ale. Due to the natural spicy and herbal taste of Pimm’s, adding a touch of ginger is designed to complement these flavours well – and gives you a sophisticated but easy way to enjoy the amplified palette of Pimm’s No. 1.
Unlike any punch you’ve had before, Pimm’s punch is a refreshing and delicious variation on your favourite drink; it’s also easy to do in time for a garden party or BBQ! Place all of the traditional garnishes like strawberries, orange and cucumber in a punch bowl. Add Pimm’s, orange juice, passion fruit syrup and a touch of lemon juice. You can balance out the juices and Pimm’s to your liking, even adding more lemon juice if it’s too sweet for you. At this point, you can put it into the freezer for a couple of hours, and finally, top it up with prosecco just before serving. Delicious!
This twist involves a little more effort than the others, but it’s well worth it, particularly if you have a sweet tooth! Both Pimm’s and trifle are staples of British summer culture, both delicious in their own right, but something incredible happens when you pair them together. All you have to do when making a trifle is replace some of the water in the jelly mixture with some Pimm’s, pop in some strawberries and leave it in the fridge to set. Perfect for an indulgent treat.
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