Make a Pimm’s cocktail jug for your next outdoor party. A fresh and delicious boozy punch recipe with strawberries, cucumbers, mint and more. The perfect drink for spring or summer!
Welcome to week two of the OUTDOOR EXTRAVAGANZA! If you missed last week’s blog hop, be sure to check out my tomato sauce garden gift basket, as well as the other lovely gardening ideas from this year’s participants.
This time, it’s all about Outdoor Decorating & Entertaining. Ready to host a spring or summer outdoor party? If so, mix up a big jug of this delicious Pimm’s cocktail.
Several summers ago, we were golfing with friends and I was offered a Pimm’s cup. Excuse me? A what?
As soon as I heard cucumbers, strawberries, mint… I immediately said YES without knowing the remaining ingredients. It was a super hot day, and those first 3 ingredients sounded so refreshing. After my first sip, I was hooked. The English were on to something!
Typically, I stay away from overly sweet or sour drinks. This one is a nice balance between the two.
And, although I’m not a gin kind of girl (tastes like soap to me), I do enjoy Pimm’s. Maybe it’s the flavour of the herbs in the original Pimm’s No. 1 recipe that agrees with me, not sure. Only the makers know the ingredients and ratios in this gin-based apéritif, so it’s a bit of mystery.
What I do know as far as cocktail jugs go, this one tastes great. Especially when combined with citrus, berries, mint and cucumber. Maybe not traditional Pimm’s, but my take on it.
And for the mix, some sparkling lemonade cut with a bit of soda water is my favourite. I’ve done some experimenting to get it just right and I prefer Pimm’s with soda water. Isn’t it pretty?
How to Serve Pimm’s at a Party
For smaller groups, I make each Pimm’s cocktail by the glass. Having the produce washed and cut ahead of time makes it easy.
Larger outdoor parties, however, call for a pre-made Pimm’s jug or pitcher where guests can simply help themselves. I guess you could call it Pimm’s punch.
what’s in a Pimm’s cup?
An ounce (or so) of Pimm’s in a glass, followed by a scoop or two from the jug is all it takes to make this delicious beverage. Of course, the alcohol can be left out for the non-drinkers too. For them, it’s a refreshing option to plain old boring water.
And isn’t it great that it’s a snack too?! I love those kinds of cocktails! You know, get your intake of fruits and veggies ;)
Convinced yet? It’s hard to resist a garden-fresh drink that looks so pretty, right?!
How to Make a Pimm’s Jug
- blood orange
- fresh mint
- soda water
- sparkling lemonade
The full list of ingredient measurements and instructions are in the printable recipe card below.
Pimm’s Jug Directions
Step one: Start by placing the sliced orange, lime, strawberries, cucumber and mint into a large glass canister or jug. Top with ice.
Step two: Slowly pour in soda water and sparkling lemonade.
Step three: To serve, add 1 ounce Pimm’s to a large glass. Top with jug mixture, making sure to get both fruit and liquid. Add more ice if preferred.
Quick Pimm’s Drink
If you’re looking for something easier, Pimm’s can be mixed with simple ginger ale followed by a squeeze of lemon. You can garnish with any of the fresh produce mentioned in the recipe, or forgo it altogether.
Play around with flavours to come up with your own Pimm’s recipe.
More Refreshing Drink Ideas
Make this Pimm's punch cocktail jug for your next outdoor party. Fresh, delicious and super easy to put together!
- 1 blood orange, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 pound strawberries, hulled and cut in half
- 1 medium English cucumber, sliced
- 12 fresh mint leaves, torn in half
- 3 cups ice
- 1 liter soda water
- 750 milliliters sparkling lemonade
- 12 ounces Pimm’s
Place orange, lime, lemon, strawberries, cucumber and mint into a large glass canister or jug. Top with ice.
Slowly pour in soda water and sparkling lemonade.
To serve, add 1 ounce Pimm's to a large glass. Top with jug mixture, making sure to get both fruit and liquid. Add more ice if preferred.
- If you’re looking for something easier, Pimm’s can be mixed with simple ginger ale followed by a squeeze of lemon. You can garnish with any of the fresh produce mentioned in the recipe, or forgo it altogether.
Did you make this Pimm’s jug recipe? Leave a star review in the comments below. You can also share a photo on social tagging @satoridesignforliving. I’d love to see how it turned out! Also, be sure to pin this delicious patio drink for later!
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Next Thursday is Outdoor Build-it & Paint Projects. Hope to see you there!
As well, mark your calendars for our big Outdoor Extravaganza wrap-up link party on Friday, May 26th where you can share any outdoor projects new and old.
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Kristi Mercer says
This sounds like the perfect Summer drink! I can’t wait to try it!
Shauna Oberg says
Thanks, Kristi. It’s nice and refreshing on a hot summer day!
This looks so delicious, Shauna! I was first introduced to Pimm’s when my best friend brought it home from Europe, I’ve never tried it with this recipe. Sounds amazing!!
Shauna Oberg says
I can’t believe I only discovered it a few years ago considering it’s been around forever. Better late than never!
I love Pimm’s, this looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it out this summer.
Shauna Oberg says
You have the perfect outdoor spot to entertain friends, so a jug of Pimm’s is perfect. Hope you’re having a great weekend Cheers :)
Sheila Zeller says
This one is a current household favourite! We toasted the Royal wedding with a refreshing Pimm’s Cup, and it’s been our go-to ever since. We love that you can reduce the amount of Pimm’s without completely changing the flavour. For presentation, this one is just so much fun!
Shauna Oberg says
Yes, the royal wedding seemed to bring back the popularity of Pimm’s Cup. It’s definitely one of my summer favourites!