Summerís signature drink. Our classic recipe for Pimm's and lemonade with mint and summer fruits is the perfect easy cocktail recipe for barbecues and picnics

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  • Serves 6

  • Prep time 5 mins

  • Skill level Easy

  • Prepare ahead yes


  • 1 orange, scrubbed, quartered and sliced
  • Handful small strawberries, halved
  • Zest 1 lemon
  • Long zest of 1 cucumber (use a Y-shaped peeler)
  • Handful lemon balm or mint leaves
  • 2 handfuls ice cubes
  • 500ml (18fl oz) Pimmís No 1
  • 1.5 litre (2ĺpt) lemonade, chilled


It wouldnít be summer without a big jug of Pimmís. This classic drink is a symbol of the British summer, from Wimbledon to barbecues and lazy afternoons in the garden. If youíre looking for an easy summer cocktail recipe, or want to perfect your Pimmís recipe, then youíve come to the right place. 

Pimmís was first made in 1823 by one James Pimm, who owned an oyster bar in London. Pimm created a secret mixture of gin and herbs to sell at his bar as a tonic to aid digestion. By the late 19th Century the drink had become popular all over London. These days it wouldnít be a British summer without a few jugs of Pimmís and lemonade, almost always made with Pimmís No.1 Cup, the best-known and most widely available variety of Pimmís, with its famous reddish tint.

To make the perfect jug of Pimmís follow our easy cocktail recipe. Weíve added all the classic fruits and flavours youíd expect to find in a good jug of Pimmís, including fresh orange, strawberries, cucumber and mint. For a foodie twist, you can swap the fresh mint leaves for a handful of lemon balm. If you can get hold of them, delicate purple borage flowers are also a traditional, and pretty, addition. Serve over plenty of ice and with a sharp, fizzy lemonade to make this the perfect jug of Pimmís.  

If youíve been looking for the secrets to a perfect jig of Pimmís every time, simply follow our easy recipe below. Itís Pimmís OíClock. 

How to Make Pimm's

1. Put all the fruit, zests, herbs and ice in a large jug. Pour over the Pimmís (the ratio is one measure Pimmís to two measures lemonade). Add the chilled lemonade just before serving.

2. If you want to take the Pimm's on a picnic, pack a bag of ice in your biggest cool box. Stand your bottles of Pimmís and lemonade close to the ice, then slip separate, small freezer boxes of the sliced and halved fruit, zests and herbs between the gaps. When you arrive, unpack and mix in big plastic jugs.