Pimm’s Punch

18 08 2011

Pimm's is available at many pubs and bars in London

I recently returned from a wonderful weekend in London, England (just before the terrible riots that rocked the city). My husband and I spent the week sightseeing, shopping, attending the theatre and, of course, eating and drinking. One of the drinks that is quite popular in London is Pimm’s No. 1, a gin-based liqueur that is often mixed with lemonade and soda.

Pimm’s is a quintessentially British drink; it’s enjoyed at Wimbledon and the Henley Royal Regatta and is popular in bars across Britain. We enjoyed a delicious cocktail made with Pimm’s, lemonade and fresh fruit while enjoying some tea sandwiches during a break from shopping at Harvey Nichols. It’s a wonderfully refreshing summer drink and can be served by the pitcher, making it a great choice for entertaining.

I was surprised to discover that Pimm’s No. 1 is readily available at LCBO stores in the Toronto area (unfortunately, I don’t know about other areas – ask at your local liquor store). You can usually find it with liqueurs or near the gin section. While cucumbers are a traditional garnish, you can use whatever fruit/berries are in season. At this time of year, blackberries and raspberries might be nice additions.

Pimm’s Punch

Makes about 5 or 6 tall drinks

  • 1-1/2 cups (12 oz.) Pimm’s No. 1
  • 3 cups (24 oz.) lemonade, homemade or store bought
  • 1-1/2 cups (12 oz.) lemon-lime soda (ie. Sprite or 7-Up) or gingerale
  • Ice

Garnishes:

  • Mint leaves
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Lemon wedges
  • Orange wedges or favourite fruit/berries
  1. In a large pitcher, combine the Pimm’s, lemonade and soda. Stir to combine
  2. Add ice and garnishes.
  3. Use a large spoon to control the garnishes and ice while pouring into tall glasses.

Cheers and Enjoy!

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Pimm's Punch makes a refreshing summer tipple

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