New Pimm’s Blackberry & Elderflower

New Kid On The Scene! – Last weekend the forecast was for a sunny weekend with temperatures rising far above 20 degrees. A good excuse to try out the new kid on the scene. The first time I heard about this refreshing drink was when somebody called me to organise a food tour for her company. We were chatting away and discussing what I could offer their creative team. It had to be challenging as their day to day job is creating new drinks for the African market. With enthusiasm, she mentioned, that she was looking at a bottle of blackberry and elderflower Pimm’s.

Cambridge food tour New Pimm’s Blackberry & Elderflower

This was quite a few months ago, by now this limited edition drink has been introduced into the UK market and I’m sure many have seen it around or have tasted it. I have to admit I’ve waited a bit as I prefer to drink Pimm’s when it’s nice and warm. So last weekend it was going to be Pimm’s O’clock for me. Well, that is what I thought and had hoped for. Nothing truer as the weather changed on Friday night and we had a typical cloudy, slightly cold weekend again.

Cambridge food tour New Pimm’s Blackberry & Elderflower

The new Pimms

This didn’t spoil my joy of cracking open a bottle of new Pimm’s though. My choice of a tipple on a hot summers day normally isn’t a sweet one, but a dry Savanna, a crisp glass of wine or Prosecco. Pimm’s can be a bit sweet when you mix it with lemonade, but very nice and moreish though! These days I add sparkling mineral water, which takes the sweet edge away.

So with this in the back of my mind, I decided to do the same with the new Pimm’s Blackberry & Elderflower I’m afraid, that didn’t work at all as the new Pimm’s isn’t as sweet as Pimm’s original. The new Pimm’s is calling out for lemonade. I didn’t have any blackberries so I finished the new Pimms’s off with blueberries. I did miss the refreshing taste and smell of mint so I added some too. This is very personal as my other half didn’t like it all.

Let’s go crazy!

I’m looking forward experimenting with this versatile drink, which reminds me an of a mix between the Dutch ‘vlierbessen jenever’ and the ‘ bessen jenever’. You could make some very interesting mixed drinks, desserts or cocktails with the new Pimm’s Blackberry & Elderflower. I haven’t had the time to go completely wild with the new Pimm’s yet, but here are some suggestions:

  • Add blueberries and blackberries to create a very summery drink
  • You could even add watermelon 
  • Chilled ice cube jellies with a blueberry for a summer cocktail party
  • Pour it over lemon sorbet, then top it off with some summer fruits

These are just a few examples, but I’m sure there are a lot more great or ‘crazy’ ideas for interesting creations with the new Pimm’s.

Did you know that Pimm’s makes a lovely winter drink too?

  • mix 1 part Pimm’s Winter
  • 3 parts warm apple juice
  • add slices of apple and orange
  • optional: put a cinnamon stick in the glass for decoration

Today I will be showing the African innovation team Cambridge through the eyes of a foodie and I’m intrigued about the feedback from the group and if I can introduce their taste palates to new flavours. Who knows, they might be creating soon a drink influenced by idea’s picked up in Cambridge!



Gerla de Boer

Gerla de Boer is the founder of the award-winning Cambridge Food Tour in Cambridge, UK. She is a globetrotter foodie and always keen to get under the skin of a city or country she visits. She likes to get off the beaten track to get to know the latest food, fine local produce, visit their local markets and check out the hot places to eat in town. These experiences she takes back to Cambridge to create amazing food tours and events. Connect with Gerla on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram