How to make perfect Pimm's

Pimm's is as much a part of a British summer for many as sunburn and sandy sandwiches, and we've found some original ways to serve it.

Glass of Pimm's with floating fruits and basil

For many people Pimm's is as much a part of a British summer as sunburn and sandy sandwiches. At the first hint of sunshine we seem as keen to whip out a jug of Pimm's as we are to swap into too-short shorts. After all, what other drink would you get away with putting cucumber in and drinking in the afternoon? So why would we stop at strawberries and lemonade…

Jug and glass of Pimm's iced tea with floating fruit and basil garnish

If you haven't got a sweet tooth, you can add a touch of cool to your Pimm's with refreshing iced tea - perfect for a double Brit hit and so much better than a standard cuppa. Serve in a teapot for a quirky summer get-together with dainty sandwiches and scones.

Remember the good old days of jelly and ice cream? Don't let the kids have all the fun, this strawberry Pimm's jelly makes the perfect summer party dessert and is full of fruity flavour.

Two glasses of strawberry Pimm's jelly topped with cut strawberries

Who doesn't love a jam tart? Give them a grown-up twist by adding a touch of Pimm's to your jam mixture, but remember to make plenty because they'll be whipped off the plate in no time. If you have leftover jam then you can always use it to top freshly baked scones.

 
If you like to keep things simple with a generous handful of cut-up oranges, strawberries, cucumber and mint then add a few special finishing touches like topping up with homemade lemonade and blitzing a bit of basil or mint into your ice cubes the night before.
 
Three glasses of Pimm's with strawberry and basil ice cubes
 
Give Pimm's a cosmopolitan twist by whipping it into this chilled strawberry and Pimm's zabaglione dessert - the perfect way to start off the Pimm's season in style and best eaten al-fresco.
 
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When it comes to Pimm's do you keep things strictly citrus? Or do you prefer a different tipple on a summer's eve? We'd love to hear your top tips for summer refreshment…