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22 January 2012

Game. Set. Match. Its Pimms O'Clock!

I am very fortunate to have spent most of my 2O-somethings living in London. Summers in London were sensational; the sun didn’t go down some nights until at least 11pm.  Long summer days often meant lounging around communal “commons” and luscious parks with groups of friends, a picnic rug, tasty treats from Borough or Spitalfields markets, a few beers and a jug of Pimms and lemonade. This drink is such an English tradition, you would see even your coolest brit hipster break out their little chopping board and knife and start carefully slicing the cucumber, strawberries, oranges and mint and placing in their plastic jug to ensure they had the right combination of fruity flavours. It’s the official drink of Wimbledon and since my hometown is currently hosting the Australian Open tennis, I see it as fitting to share with you the recipe now. Once you try this, I promise you’ll

Prep time: approx. 10 min.

Kitchen stuff needed: Chopping board, sharp knife, 1.5 – 2 Litre jug, a wooden spoon :: Recipe below makes a few jugs.

Ingredients from the garden:
20 x mint leaves
1 x Cucumber
1 x lemon (thanks SH & MH again)

Other Ingredients
1 x Blood Oranges
6 x big strawberries
Bottle Pimms no. 1 (you can buy in any bottle shop)
2 Ltr x lemonade

Let’s do it:
1. Slice whole into ½ cm slices strawberries, cucumber, blood oranges
2. Half fill your jug with ice
3. Fill the jug 1/4 with Pimms.
4. Throw in Cucumber, Mint and Fruit
5. Top up to almost brim (slowly) with lemonade.
6. Give a good stir with the spoon and leave in there (you’ll need to spoon out the fruit to add to your guests glasses)
7. Serve immediately.
8. Repeat above asap as the jug above is already finished.

Soundtrack for a British summer circa 2006 : Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys


  1. My brother in law is enthralled with Pimms. I had no idea what the big deal was until he made some of this punch at nice and refreshing!

  2. Mmmmmm.....sounds delicious! Wish I was there! ♥

  3. oh yum - mouth watering! I developed a habit for pimms when i did a 3 year stint in England. Never tried it with strawberries!

  4. The strawberries are like having dessert at the emd of the meal :) nice with blueberries too! loving your blog btw. beautiful pics.