If you’re not familiar with the delightful British drink that is the Pimm’s Cup, it’s high time to get acquainted. The fruit- and mint-filled cocktail is based on a delicious gin-based liqueur (Pimm’s No. 1) and is well worth adding to your summer drink rotation. But the Pimm’s Cup is also easy to tweak depending on your preferences—add whatever summer fruits you like, and even pair it with other alcohol for a stronger sip and different flavor.
Here are a few refreshing Pimm’s recipes to slake your thirst and keep you cool and content this summer—and as a bonus, two Pimm’s-spiked desserts in the mix. Because once you taste it, you won’t be able to get enough.
Pimm's No. 1 English Liqueur on Saucey (price and availability varies)
It's an essential ingredient in all of these recipes, and fairly easy to find in liquor stores everywhere—or you can always special order it.
1. Pimm’s Cup
Our recipe makes one perfect Pimm’s Cup, but you can scale it up to make a pitcher for a party. We go a little lighter on the garnishes (just lemon and cucumber, to really let the liqueur shine), but if that seems too restrained, by all means, add more! Get our Pimm’s Cup recipe.
If you don’t drink alcohol, you don’t have to miss out on one of summer’s most thirst-quenching quaffs. Admittedly, recreating the flavors of Pimm’s No. 1 without alcohol is a bit of a process, but a fun and fascinating project involving black tea, juniper berries, allspice, coriander, grapefruit, nonalcoholic wine, and more. Get our Virgin Pimm’s Cup recipe.
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If you get tired of drinking Pimm’s Cups before your bottle of Pimm’s No. 1 is empty (not likely, but anything’s possible), you can use it in other cocktails too, like this one with fresh strawberries, strawberry syrup, and rosé. Get our Ruby on Rails Cocktail recipe.
Speaking of strawberries, since it’s easy to end up with a surplus when they’re in season, it’s a good thing you can work Pimm’s No. 1 into desserts too. These charming little cheesecake tarts are infused with Pimm’s in the filling and in the fruity topping. If you can’t be bothered to convert the metric measurements, just follow any other no-bake cheesecake recipe, but add a little Pimm’s liqueur to the filling and use it to macerate fresh fruit for topping it too. (Try the same trick for Pimm’s strawberry shortcakes too.) Get the No-Bake Pimm’s Strawberry Cheesecake Tarts recipe.
This ingeniously American cocktail blends Pimm’s No. 1 with tequila—plus celery juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and club soda, with a spark of salt around the rim of the glass. Get The Salty Miami Pimm’s Tequila Cocktail recipe.
We’re big fans of frozen cocktails in all forms, from sangria slushies to wine pops (and the classic frozen margaritas and daiquiris, of course), so Pimm’s ice pops are highly enticing, and just the thing to make when the temperature climbs. They happen to sell ready-made versions in England, but we’ll have to make our own; luckily, it’s pretty easy. Get the Pimm’s Popsicles recipe.
This sweet-tart take marries Pimm’s with kumquats and fizzy blood orange soda in addition to lime, lemon, and orange slices. If you don’t have time to freeze the passion fruit and pomegranate seeds into ice cubes, you can just mix some right into the drink. Get the Pimm’s and Blood Orange Fizz recipe.
9. Peach Pimm’s
A super-simple Pimm’s cocktail, this one is great for highlighting juicy summer peaches at their peak of ripeness, and it comes together in an instant, so you can go find a nice shady spot to sip posthaste. Get the Peach Pimm’s recipe.
Read More: Everything You Need to Know About Pimm’s
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