Origin of the Pimm’s Bowle

Pimm’s berry bowl consists of Pimm’s which can be considered as liqueur has a dark-brown colour and tastes subtly of spice and citrus fruit.

James Pimm invented this gin-based drink in the 1840’s. Billed as an aid to digestion, the mixture of gin, quinine, and a secret choice of herbs, served in small tankards, became known as the Pimm’s No1 Cup. Pimm’s is a drink almost as traditional as the very British cup of tea.

For me, this particular drink is associated with summer memories on my time spent in London. Meeting friends in one of the beautiful parks in london, get to grocery buy the ingredients and mix them in the park together. What a nice way to celebrate Friday after work – Cheers!

Before you start with the Pimm’s bowle

  • Make sure you have all ingredients at home, also make sure that you use high quality, maybe organic fruits. They are more healthy and have a fresher taste.
  • Be carefull with citrus fruits as the use of pesticides is widespread in citrus fruits production. For pre and post-harvest protection and many chemical substances may be applied to control undesirable moulds or insects.
  • If you don’t own a glass bowl you can use other larger mugs, jars as well. When i was a student we even used an empty and cleaned fish tank for our bowl.

Sustainable related recipes

I am afraid there is not too much of sustainability with this recipe. Only that you use frozen fruits will reduce the need of creating separate ice cubes for your drink.

Berry Pimm’s Bowle – Detailed Description

Pimm's with frozen berries

Pimm’s with frozen berries

Well, the recipe is not too complex.

Fill your bowl or large mug with the frozen berries, pour in the Pimm’s.

Top it with lemonade and sparkling wine and stir.


Pimm’s Bowle variations

Using different herbs and muddled spices for a new flavour experience, like:

  • Basil, strawberry and black pepper
  • Sage, apricot and fennel
  • Rosemary, raspberry and pink peppercorns
  • Herbs like thyme and lemon balm
  • use different tropical fruits with a bit of rum

Replace or add to the lemonade the following:

  • Whisky
  • Gin
  •  Ginger ale or ginger beer
  • Apple Cider
  • Gingerbread Syrup

Pimm’s allow you to be so creative in developing your own “house brand” of your Pimm’s bowle. I hope you will find enough time to test some of this delicious variants.

Enjoy the Pimm’s Berry Bowle

Pimm's bowle decorated

Pimm’s bowle decorated

Serve it ice-cold with a spring of mint to complement the taste but also to enhance the visuals.

Experiment with the ingredients and enjoy the different taste, everything is allowed as long as you and your friends like it.