Pimm’s Cup Jelly

1/2 cup Pimm’s
1/4 cup gin
1/4 cup cold water OR club soda

1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar

1/4 oz plain gelatin

mint leaves
thinly sliced cucumber*
thinly sliced lemon slices*
any other Pimm’s Cup favorite: orange, lime, strawberries

In a small pot, bring the lemon juice, sugar and 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Meanwhile sprinkle the gelatin into the bottom of a medium sized bowl. Pour the boiling mixture on top. Allow to cool slightly, when pour the gin, Pimm’s, and the 1/4 cup water or club soda. Stir gently. Pour into wide mouth glasses. Allow to cool about 1/2 hr then refrigerate about 2 hours or set but still “loose” . Stick 1 lemon slice and 1-2 cucumber slices in each cup, suspending them in the mixture. Top with mint leaves. Return to the refrigerator and refrigerate an additional 2 hours or until set. Serve with a spoon.

*You want to use the smallest lemon and skinniest cucumber (try an English cucumber) you can find.

Yield: about 16 oz

My thoughts:

Since trying Pimm’s Cup a couple of weeks ago, I’ve become a devotee. Part of the appeal is visual-the pretty colored liquid with the lemon, cucumber and mint floating within. I wanted to capture this look and the unique flavor of Pimm’s in different medium. What better way than suspended in gelatin? Sort of like a more adult, elegant Jell-O shot, these are perfect for a light dessert.

Why is this recipe called Pimm’s Cup Jelly when it is not jelly or even jelly candy? “Jelly” is a common British term for what Americans generically call “Jell-O” or gelatin. Since this is a reinterpretation of the quintessentially British Pimm’s Cup, it seemed fitting to use their term.


  1. You have a really delicious looking blog here…I’m glad I stumbled across 🙂

  2. Intriguing concoction, there…I hadn’t even heard of Pimm’s.

  3. Welcome to the cult of Pimm’s!

    Aren’t you glad I introduced you to this tasty tasty liquid?

  4. I heart Pimm’s! I was introduced to them at my cousin’s wedding in England.

  5. Oh I love, love love Pimms! This looks so great. You are a smart cookie!

  6. you’re a goddess!

  7. Pimms (A Pimms Cocktail) is one of those rare, simple summertime drinks that not many Americans know about. I was a “Pimms Virgin” until I met my English husband 4 years ago… now I’m hooked! Thanks for an interesting new take on it!

  8. What a cool way to have Pimms! Thanks for letting more American’s in on this English treat! neverfull.wordpress.com