Pimms & Lemonade
Pimms & Lemonade
The ultimate summer cup, Pimms and Lemonade is a british summertime staple, the unique, fruity liqueur is mixed with lemonade, fresh fruit and sometimes a splash of gin, to make a refreshing and moreish long drink, perfect for a warm, sunny evening.
Pimms, Fresh Fruit, Lemonade – High-Ball*
*premium glassware pictured, event glassware may differ.
Pimms and Lemonade is a longstanding feature of any British summer party or barbecue, for good reason, this quintessentially English tipple is a fruity favourite, perfect for quenching thirsts or killing time during surprise thunderstorms.
Pimms is a great choice for an afternoon bar-hire, if you’re looking for low ABV, daytime drinks that can be served quickly and easily there really is no better option. The classic ‘Pimms Cup’ recipe features a dash of gin as well the eponymous liqueur which gives and added dryness and kick to the fruity cocktail, let your event organiser know whether you want this stronger version or the lighter, Pimms only option.
This fruity summer-punch is a sort of English answer to the aperitivo—a low-alcohol cocktail, designed to be drunk in the afternoon and early evening as a mellow way to start off an evening or cap off a long day. Some other aperitivo cocktails that may go well alongside Pimms and Lemonade include the ever-popular Aperol Spritz or the classy forebear to the Negroni, the Americano.
Being such an unequivocally British product, Pimms and Lemonade is a great inclusion on a menu showcasing British cocktails and flavours, there are loads of great summer drinks featuring the best Britain has to offer in terms of ingredients, some of our favourites include the Bramble; a modern classic consisting of gin, blackberry liqueur, and lemon, or the Breakfast Martini, a sour-style drink featuring gin, marmalade and orange liqueur.
If you’re planning on serving Pimms and Lemonade at your bar hire and want to know more about what drinks could sit well alongside it, be sure to speak to your event organiser or check out some other liqueur based, low ABV and high-ball style cocktails from our list.
In the 1840’s James Pimms’ invented Pimms whilst working in the financial district. Not invented as an alcoholic drink but more of a tonic for health benefits. He began selling it at his oyster bar near the Bank of England.
Myths & Legends
The ‘Cups’ refer specifically to the base of the liquor. Pimms No1 is gin, no2 is scotch, no3 is brandy, no4 is rum, no5 is rye whiskey and no6 is vodka. Wimbledon always causes a massive rise in the consumption of pimms, with an estimated 40,000 pints being drunk over the course of the tournament.
Pimms’ popularity has spread around the world, as Vinepair have detailed here;
“It’s not entirely clear how the Pimm’s tradition made its way to New Orleans, but the locals have their own Pimms obsession. About a hundred years after Pimms was invented, it somehow crossed an ocean and landed at The Napoleon House Bar in 1940. However it got there, the light and fruity drink does make a lot of sense for the New Orleans climate.”
Ingredients & Equipment
There are a number of supermarkets and generic liquor brands that make their own ‘summer-cup’ or similar imitation of Pimms, but for the classic summer punch, the original is the best. We only use genuine Pimms in our Pimms and Lemonade.
There’s nothing wrong with mixing Pimms with old-school R Whites or its alternatives, but for a slightly more balanced and tasty version we suggest using a nice cloudy lemonade or even ginger ale to give a dryer, less sugary spin to this drink.
- 50ml Pimms
- 100ml Lemonade
- Cucumber Slices
- Lemon Wedges
- Apple Wedges
- Bar Spoon
- Large High-Ball Glass or Jug
- Cubed Ice
- Take your glass or jug
- Using your Jigger to measure add the Pimms to the glass or jug
- Add a selection of chopped fruits and mint leaves to the glass or jug
- Any fruit will do, but we recommend a combination of cucumber, strawberries, apples, lemons and mint
- Fill the rest of your glass or jug with cubed Ice
- Top your glass or jug up with lemonade
- Using your bar spoon, give the drink a quick stir to combine the ingredients and incorporate the ice
- Garnish each glass with a mint sprig and if serving from a jug, make sure to include some of the fruit as well
- Serve and enjoy!
For larger groups of six or more students, we offer the option to take things private. Our classes are fully portable, and we are able to set ourselves up efficiently and professionally in a wide variety of locations and settings across the capital, the UK, and beyond. You name the location, and we’ll endeavour to make it happen.
Give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.