If you know of Pimm’s at all, you probably know the classic way to serve it. But Pimm’s is good for more than just one drink. This Pimm’s mojito is an alternative Pimm’s cocktail that’s just as refreshing and perfect for summer.
Despite growing up in the UK, I didn’t come across Pimm’s until I was relatively old. That’s because it’s a very English drink, and has only more recently started appearing in Scotland, where I grew up. It’s also a great drink for warmer weather, which in fairness Scotland has less of as well.
Known in the US as a Pimm’s cup, or Pimm’s and lemonade in the UK, the classic Pimm’s cocktail is a super easy, garnish-heavy combination of Pimm’s and 7Up/Sprite (known as ‘lemonade’ in the UK hence the name there – confusing for the US, I know). It’s loaded up with mint, cucumber, lemon and/or orange and strawberries and great for making in pitchers. It’s strongly associated with Wimbledon, where you’ll find it for sale alongside strawberries and cream. But any excuse like sitting outside on a sunny patio, or a summer barbecue works too.
What is Pimm’s?
Pimm’s is essentially a kind of herb-infused gin, with a lower level of alcohol than most spirits, making it ideal for summer cocktails. It has a bit of a distinct flavor so isn’t as flexible as some spirits, but it can definitely work in more than just the classic Pimm’s cup.
This Pimm’s mojito is a simple twist that is that little more complex in flavor than your basic mojito. It’s just as easy to make, as all you do is muddle the lime, mint and sugar, then add the Pimm’s, ice and soda. Some versions make it with lemon, which pairs well with the Pimm’s, but I’m a fan of the limey freshness. Try both, I say, and see which you prefer.
This Pimm’s mojito is easy to make and wonderfully refreshing. It’s the perfect alternative Pimm’s cocktail for any summer occasion – mix one up soon!
pimm's mojito - an alternative Pimm's cocktail
- 6 mint leaves
- 2 tsp sugar or a little more if you prefer sweeter
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 1/2 oz Pimm's 45ml
- 1 oz soda water 30ml, approx
- Muddle together the mint, sugar and lime juice in the bottom of a glass. Add the Pimm's, mix a little more if the sugar hadn't fully dissolved, add a couple ice cubes then top the glass up with soda water.
Try these other cocktails perfect for summer:
Papaya lemonade (or cocktail!)
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