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Homemade Pimms

Nothing brings in summer like a cool refreshing glass of Pimms. This homemade version is delicious and great fun to have a bash at.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: British
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 590kcal


For the cucumber mint syrup:

  • 250 ml water
  • 250 ml white sugar
  • ½ cucumber
  • tiny handful lemon verbena
  • 2 sprigs apple mint

For the Pimms:

  • 300 ml Gin
  • 200 ml Red Vermouth Martini Rosso
  • 100 ml Orange Curacao Triple Sec
  • 1 tbsp Aperol
  • 200 ml summer cup syrup

For mixing:

  • Either lemonade, ginger ale, tonic water or iced tea

For serving:

  • Strawberries, mint leaves and cucumber
  • Slices of orange, apple, lemon and other fruits are optional


  • To make the syrup, heat the water and sugar in a small saucepan until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  • Add the other ingredients and bring to a gentle simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and set aside the saucepan to cool and the flavours to infuse for 1-2 hours. Strain then decant the syrup into a jar, you won’t need all of it for the recipe.
  • Mix 200ml of the syrup with the alcohol, stirring it all together well. Decant into a jar until you are ready to drink it.
  • Make up with 1 part summer cup to 3 parts mixer, plenty of ice and lots of mint, cucumber and chopped fruit.
  • The summer cup will keep happily in your drinks cabinet for the whole of the summer, not that mine lasted the week.


Calories: 590kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.1mg