Best Pimm’s Cup Recipes for Wimbledon

Wimbledon is nearly upon us, and in keeping with Great British tradition, the nation will be snacking on strawberries and fresh cream and sipping on a Pimm’s Cup. The Wimbledon website averages a total of 28,000 KG of strawberries and 10,000 litres of fresh cream will be consumed at the event alone, alongside 320,000 Pimm’s Cups.

The Pimm’s Cup dates back to the early 1830’s created by James Pimm to serve to the customers of his oyster bar in London. The tonic was originally conceived to help aid digestion and served in a small tankard known as a No. 1 cup, from which it takes its name. There have been 6 variations over the years, with the alcohol being the only ingredient to change: gin (the original), scotch whisky, brandy, rum, rye whisky and vodka. So what does Pimm’s taste like? Anyone for Pimm’s describes the indisputable taste of Pimm’s No. 1 as coming from infusing lots of lovely gin with herbal botanicals, caramelised orange and delicate spices.

If you’ve ever wondered why Pimm’s is so popular at Wimbledon, it is believed that the first Pimms bar opened at The Wimbledon Tennis Tournament in 1971. It has been one of two drinks of choice at the tournament ever since, the other being champagne!

So get your garnish at the ready, here’s our favourite Pimm’s recipes

Traditional Pimm’s

50ml Pimm’s No.1
150ml Lemonade
Mint leaves, orange slices, strawberries & cucumber

Put your ice and garnish into a highball glass, pour in your Pimm’s and lemonade and garnish with a sprig of mint on top. For a  Pimm’s Jug recipe use 1 part Pimm’s to 3 parts lemonade. To really bring out the mint flavour hold the mint in one hand and clap it with the other, this releases oils in the surface of the leaf and intensifies the flavour.

Pimm’s Royale

25ml Pimm’s
Mint leaves & strawberries
Champagne flute or champagne saucer

Take a champagne flute or saucer, add your Pimm’s and strawberries, top up with champagne and garnish with mint.

The Ginger Pimm

50ml Pimm’s
150ml Ginger Ale
Mint leaves, orange slices, strawberries & cucumber
Balloon glass

Take your balloon glass, half fill with ice and garnish. Add your Pimm’s and Ginger Ale or for a less intense flavour you can swap Ginger Ale for Ginger Beer.

Pimm’s Punch

50ml Pimm’s
100ml Pineapple juice
100ml Orange juice
Strawberries, orange slices, pineapple & lime
Handled jar or drinks dispenser

A totally tropical take on the traditional Pimm’s recipe, this is perfect for BBQ’s so make a big batch for everyone to enjoy. Simply change the measures to 1/5th Pimm’s and 4/5th’s fruit juice. Half fill your jar or drinks dispenser with ice and fruit and pour in the Pimm’s and juice. For a more a more boozy version add in some white rum!




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