Pimms Punch

Fruity Pimms Punch strikes a beautiful balance between sweet and tart and is perfect for entertaining. This bubbly, refreshing pitcher drink is a delicious twist on a classic Pimms cocktail. Makes 8 servings.

Love a good pitcher drink? Check out Moscow Mule Pitcher and Spiked Watermelon Limeade!

A glass of a Pimms drink garnished with blood orange, lemon and strawberry

Y’all know I’m a sucker for a Pimms drink, and this Pimms Punch is something special.

Think of it as a refreshing sipper that’s easy for sharing.

It’s basically a large batch version of my classic New Orleans Pimm’s Cup recipe, and it’s something we all need to have in our recipe boxes this summer. (Also, if you like Pimm’s No. 1, please check out Pimm’s Pops, too!)

Why I love this recipe:

It doesn’t matter what you’re hosting friends for, this recipe is really fun for a crowd because it’s a pitcher drink. (Hi, hello, pitcher drinks are the best for entertaining.)

This recipe also calls for just four ingredients, plus a few fruit garnishes, so you might have what you need on hand already.

Other summery drinks you might want to try: Strawberry Moscow Mule | Peach Bourbon Slush | Blackberry Red Wine Spritzer | Blueberry Lemonade Vodka | Individual Ginger Peach Punch

Looking for a new drink? Check out my Cocktail Recipe Index for inspiration!

A bottle of Pimm's No. 1 next to other punch ingredients on marble

What you’ll need to make Pimms Punch

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In addition to these tools, you’ll need just four ingredients. You might have some of ‘em on hand already, too:

  • Pimm’s No. 1—this is a gin-based fruit liqueur that serves as the star of this drink. (There are also different numbers of Pimm’s available, but the No. 1 is the one we’re after.) It doesn’t really taste gin-y at all. To me, it’s light, floral and a little fruity.
  • Fresh lemon juice (or lemons)—no, the shelf-stable lemon juice simply won’t do in this recipe, as it won’t provide as much tartness or punch to the Pimms drink.
  • Simple syrup—you can make this yourself (I have a whole post about how to make simple syrup) or you can grab a bottle of the stuff at the store.
  • Ginger ale—this is going to give our Pimms Punch some bubbles and some gingery kick. Different ginger ales have different levels of ginger to them, so be aware that the brand you’re using may be more or less sweet, just depending on their recipe.

You can make parts of this drink in advance, which is great for stress-free entertaining. However, do not add the ginger ale until it’s serving time because it will go flat.

Collage showing how to mix a Pimms Punch in a pitcher

How to make Pimms Punch

First and foremost, juice your lemons. I typically do this over a liquid measuring cup with a fine mesh strainer on top of it to keep pulp and seeds out of the final juice.

Pro tip: You’ll get more juice from your lemons if they’re room temperature. If you keep ‘em in the fridge, pop them into the microwave for 20-30 seconds to get those juices flowing!

Once your lemons are juiced and other ingredients are acquired, measure the Pimm’s No. 1, lemon juice and simple syrup into a pitcher. Add your favorite fruit garnishes, and pop into the fridge to chill for 30 minutes-1 hour.

When ready to serve, top with ginger ale, and enjoy!

Five fruity drinks garnished with strawberry sit next to a bottle of Pimm's No. 1 on marble

Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips

A Pimms cocktail in a pitcher seems like the ideal summertime party drink to serve, right? Whether you’re firing up the grill for a backyard barbecue or hosting an at-home tailgate or simply having friends over for the first time in a while, this alcoholic punch is stunning to look at and refreshing to sip.

Here are a few ideas to make your life easier if you want to make this pitcher drink while hosting friends:

  • Make your simple syrup 1-2 days in advance. Or do what I do and make a big batch so you’ve always got some in the fridge. Let it hang out in the fridge, and make a lot of it, depending on how many friends are joining you.
  • Make it a mocktail. If you’re not into alcoholic drinks, that’s OK. Simply leave out the Pimm’s No. 1, and you’ll have a gingery lemonade pitcher drink to serve instead.
  • Squeeze the lemons an hour or so before guests arrive—or take the store-bought shortcut. Just be sure to get the fresh-squeezed lemon juice instead of the shelf-stable kind. It makes all the difference, promise.
  • Make extra. After all, if you’re hosting several friends, you might as well double or triple the recipe so you’re not mixing up Pimms cocktails by request throughout the evening. You could serve it in a punch bowl!
  • You can make it ahead of time… partially. Mix the lemon juice with the Pimm’s. No 1 and simple syrup, and chill those together with the fruit garnish. When it’s time to serve, top the pitcher off with ginger ale. Why do we do this? The ginger ale will go flat, and that’ll make for a sad pitcher drink.
A glass of Pimms Punch garnished with strawberry and blood orange in front of a Pimm's No. 1 bottle

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pimm’s made of?

Pimm’s No. 1 is a combination of gin with botanicals, orange and spices.

What kind of liquor is Pimms?

It’s a gin. You won’t get the juniper notes of gin in this liquor, though, if that’s not your thing. According to the Pimm’s website, “The rich amber hue of PIMM’S No. 1 comes from infusing lots of lovely gin with herbal botanicals, caramelized orange and delicate spices.”

What does Pimms taste like?

Pimm’s No. 1 is light, floral and a little fruity.

Where do people drink Pimms?

This is a notably English alcohol, and Pimm’s Cups are served at the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Pimm’s No. 1 is also popular in New Orleans, which has its own twist on the classic same Pimms cocktail.

Should Pimms be kept in the fridge?

No. This alcohol can be stored at room temperature. Just be sure that it’s kept in a dry, dark place.

A Pimms drink garnished strawberry and lemon next to a Pimm's No. 1 bottle with the text how to make pimm's punch

Quick tips and tricks for making this Pimms cocktail

  • Prep your ingredients before mixing your pitcher. That means having your lemons juiced before you start mixing.
  • Double or triple the recipe! While this Pimms Punch recipe makes 8 drinks, you might want to double it to share. Do the simple math and throw them all in the blender together! If you’re doubling the recipe, consider using a punch bowl instead of a pitcher.
  • Have fun with the garnishes. You can see I used lemons, strawberries and blood oranges to garnish the pitcher and drinks, but you should use whatever fruits you like! Cucumbers also pair wonderfully with Pimm’s No. 1, so give that a try, too.
A glass of a Pimms drink garnished with blood orange, lemon and strawberry
Yield: 8 drinks

Pimm's Punch

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Fruity Pimms Punch strikes a beautiful balance between sweet and tart and is perfect for entertaining. This bubbly, refreshing pitcher drink is a delicious twist on a classic Pimms cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups (12 oz.) lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • ¼ cup (4 oz.) simple syrup
  • 9 oz. Pimm’s No. 1
  • 6 cups (48 oz.) ginger ale

Garnishes

  • Strawberries
  • Oranges (or blood oranges)
  • Lemons
  • Cucumbers

Instructions

  1. Pour the lemon juice and simple syrup into a pitcher.
  2. Add the Pimm’s No. 1, and stir.
  3. Chill for up to 4 hours in the fridge.
  4. Pour in the ginger ale and serve immediately with fruit garnishes in individual cups.

Notes

Easy Entertaining Tips and Tricks

  • Make your simple syrup 1-2 days in advance. Or do what I do and make a big batch so you’ve always got some in the fridge. Let it hang out in the fridge, and make a lot of it, depending on how many friends are joining you.
  • Make it a mocktail. If you’re not into alcoholic drinks, that’s OK. Simply leave out the Pimm’s No. 1, and you’ll have a gingery lemonade pitcher drink to serve instead.
  • Squeeze the lemons an hour or so before guests arrive—or take the store-bought shortcut. Just be sure to get the fresh-squeezed lemon juice instead of the shelf-stable kind. It makes all the difference, promise.
  • Make extra. After all, if you’re hosting several friends, you might as well double or triple the recipe so you’re not mixing up Pimms drinks by request throughout the evening.
  • You can make it ahead of time… partially. Mix the lemon juice with the Pimm’s. No 1 and simple syrup, and chill those together with the fruit garnish. When it’s time to serve, top the pitcher off with ginger ale. Why do we do this? The ginger ale will go flat, and that’ll make for a sad pitcher drink.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 216Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 41mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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