Pimp my Pimm’s: 5 ways to upgrade your classic summer sip

Pimms at the ready chaps, Wimbledon is back! Even if tennis isn’t really your cup-of-tea, who doesn’t love the idea of eating strawberries and having a little tipple in the sunshine*? Of course there’s the go-to classic lemonade/fruit combo, but if you fancy trying something a little bit different, we’ve got some alternatives to pimp your Pimm’s this summer!

*Sunshine never guaranteed

Spice it up

We’ll start off simple – just swap your lemonade for ginger beer for little extra kick to your punch.

Method (to make by the glass, or a jug)

  • Mix one part Pimm’s with 3 parts ginger beer
  • Finish with lemon, cucumber, apple, and fresh mint

The Murray

In celebration of the Scottish superstar.

Method (makes 1 glass)

  • 1 ½ measures of Pimm’s
  • ⅔ measure of Scotch whiskey
  • Good squeeze of lemon juice
  • Top with lemonade


The humble gin and tonic has a new pal…

Method (makes 1 glass)

  • 1 measure of Pimm’s
  • 1 measure of gin
  • Top with lemonade
  • Finish with a slice of lemon and a couple of strawberries


Lemon sorbet is the magic ingredient for this boozy take on the childhood classic. They may look fancy but they’re a doddle to make – perfect for impressing your pals at a barbecue.

Method (makes 1 glass)

  • 1 measure of Pimm’s
  • Add sliced strawberries and cucumber*
  • Add 2 scoops of lemon sorbet and mix
  • Top with soda water
  • Finish with some mint leaves

*Tip: create fancy looking cucumber “ribbons” by using a peeler

Power Punch

Ideal for parties and bigger gatherings, this one is really simple to throw together, and it certainly (terrible pun alert) packs a punch. Be warned, a few glasses of this and there’s a good chance your Auntie Barbara will be dancing on the table. A couple more and you’ll probably be joining her…

Method (makes loads)

  • 1 bottle of Pimm’s
  • 1 bottle of Bourbon
  • ¼ bottle of sweet vermouth
  • ¼ bottle of white rum
  • 1 bottle of prosecco (or sparkling wine of choice)
  • 300ml of orange juice
  • Finish with sliced strawberries, peaches, pineapple and cherries

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