We love watching the tennis every year at Wimbledon, but what we love more is sitting outside sipping on Pimm’s and lemonade.
Mr Pimm wanted to invent a thirst-quenching drink to aid digestion
Pimm’s was invented by James Pimm, the owner of several oyster bars in London in the early 1840s. Mr Pimm wanted to invent a thirst-quenching drink to aid digestion which he served in mini tankards. Pimm’s No.1 is made with gin, quinine and a mixture of herbs.
He tried different numbered varieties with different spirits as the base but the original and best cocktail with Pimm’s No.1 drink is made in a highball glass filled with 50ml Pimm’s No. 1, 150ml lemonade, chopped up mint, orange, strawberries and cucumber. But it’s not just drinks that you can make with Pimm’s. Oh no. The flavour-packed spirit can be added to all different kinds of summer food so, next time someone says ‘It’s Pimm’s o’clock’ you can say, ‘sure, cupcake or granita?’
Here are four new ways with Pimm’s…
Hot summer's days call for ice lollies, and the adults in your crowd will love these Pimm's ices. They are so easy to make - a simple combination of Pimm's lemonade and fruit.
These pretty as a picture cupcakes have Pimm’s in the sponge, whipped into the icing and with a 'surprise' strawberry, Pimm's and cucumber centre. These would be perfect for a summer afternoon tea or garden party. If you really want to up the wow factor why not try scaling up to a large cake with piled up strawberries and mint in the middle if you want a dramatic centrepiece.
Pimm’s and strawberry granita
Having friends round for a summer dinner party or BBQ? This granita is the easiest, most delicious dessert you can make. It’s made by puréeing orange and lemon juice with fresh strawberries, before mixing with Pimm’s and sugar syrup and freezing. Easy.
Fruity Pimm’s jellies
Strawberries, gelatin, Pimm’s and lemonade. That’s all that goes into these Pimm’s jellies – simple and easy for preparing ahead and you can even serve with ice cream. Game, set and match!