Pimm’s has become as synonymous with British Summertime as picnics in the parkand barbecued burgers, but do you know how to make it properly?

For one glass you need… 

  • A highball glass
  • 50ml Pimm’s No 1
  • 150ml lemonade
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Chopped strawberries
  • Sliced orange
  • Chopped cucumber
  • Plenty of ice

1. The perfect Pimm’s method: 

It’s quite simple really, say mixologists at Pimm’s. Fill your glass with ice, pop in the mint and chopped fruit, pour in the Pimm’s, top with lemonade and stir.

To make up a pitcher use the same method, this time with a handful each of the chopped fruit, cucumber and mint leaves. Mix the quantity of cocktail you need, keeping the ratio to one part Pimm’s and three parts lemonade.

Pimm’s with a twist: 

We spoke to bartenders and mixologists around the UK to find out how they enjoy a glass of Pimm’s with a twist.

1. Serve with champagne 

Known as a ‘royal cup,’ or ‘Pimm’s Royale,’ adding Champagne instead of lemonade is exactly what Jane Peyton, founder of School of Booze would do. However she recommends serving this concotion in a smaller glass because the alcohol level is higher. 

2. Use different herbs

Don’t feel as though you have to stick to just mint, Matt Ottley, Head Bartender at the Salt Room in Brighton tells us. Instead he recommends trying different herbs and muddled spices for a new flavour experience. His favourite for Pimm’s are:

  • Basil, strawberry and black pepper
  • Sage, apricot and fennel
  • Rosemary, raspberry and pink peppercorns
  • Herbs like thyme and lemon balm 

    3. Add Appletiser

    Richard Wood, Head of Spirit & Cocktail Development at the Duck and Waffle, says Appletiser goes great with Pimm’s.

    ‘It’s a perfectly delicious alternative to lemonade,’ he said. ‘It’s best mixed in a large wine glass with a couple of halved strawberries, a sprig of mint and a slice or two of apple. Garnish with an apple fan for a true taste of Summer with a lovely aromatic lift.’

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