Once the clocks go forward and we can drink in a pub garden again (even with a jacket and scarf), then it’s basically Pimm’s season.
Classic Pimm’s and lemonade is popular for a reason but sometimes it’s fun to switch things up with a simple Pimm’scocktail recipe (opens in new tab), especially if you’re throwing a summer party orbarbecue (opens in new tab)and want to crank things up a notch. Our Pimm’s with a kick is made with tonic water instead of lemonade, to give it a sharper, more sophisticated edge. Of course, it wouldn’t be right to have tonic without gin, so we’ve added a dash of Mother’s Ruin for good measure.
Swapping lemonade for tonic water makes this drink more grown-up and less sweet. Instead of the usual orange and cucumber, we’ve added limes and strawberries, to keep things fruity but not too sweet. This zesty cocktail recipe is perfect for serving with nibbles or with barbecue recipes like Asian-style prawn skewers or chicken drumsticks marinated in coconut and lime.
If you’re looking for a no-stress cocktail recipe for summer, then this is the one for you. Not only do you not need any specialist cocktail making equipment, but you can easily scale up the recipe. Make it a few hours ahead and chill in the fridge in big pitchers until needed. Serve over ice in high-ball glasses for a simple summer drink.
Fancy making our Pimm’s with a kick? Just get your ingredients ready and follow our quick and easy recipe below. It couldn’t be easier.
How To Make Pimm's With a Kick
1. Mix one part Pimm's to two parts tonic water.
2. Add a slug of gin, plus lots of ice, slices of lime and strawberries and serve in a jug.
- 1 part Pimm's
- 2 parts tonic water
- Slug of gin
- Limes, sliced
- Strawberries, sliced
Top Tip for making Pimm's With A Kick
The great thing about this easy cocktail recipe is that you can easily scale it up or down, depending on how many people you'll be sharing with
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