Pimm’s Float

This recipe is brought to you by Food Network chef Sunny Anderson. I wish I could claim it as my own, because it’s fabulous! Every summer I swear I’m going to make it, stack it with other recipe cards, and promptly forget about it. But not this summer.

If you love Pimm’s, and you love ice cream, then you’ll love this treat!


I didn’t follow Sunny’s recipe to the T – hers included strawberries, and being passed strawberry season, I instead decided on blackberries and raspberries. So here’s what I did.

Sunny’s  Pimm  and  Proper  Ice  Cream  Float
Serves 4 or 2, depending on the serving size

1 pound raspberries and blackberries
1/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup water

First place the berries in a small pot. Add the sugar and water. Bring to a boil and stir gently, until the sugar dissolves. Put the lid on, and lower the heat.

After about 5-6 minutes, remove the lid, and cook about 1 minute more. Place the pot in the refrigerator and let the berries and syrup cool completely.


To complete the ice cream floats, you will need:
Vanilla ice Cream

To prepare the floats, but about 2 heaping tablespoons of the berries and syrup in the bottoms of ice cream glasses. Add an equal volume of Pimm’s to both. Scoop out the ice cream and place it in the glasses.

Right before serving, add the Fresca.

I also served a skewer of blackberries, just for fun.

Sunny not only made a strawberry syrup in her original recipe, she also used strawberry ice cream. I chose vanilla because I wanted to taste the other flavors.

After tasting these, I’d still opt for vanilla. But I’m sure you could come up with many different ideas for these floats!


They’re really refreshing, and would make a fun dessert after a summer dinner party as well!


By Published On: August 21st, 201542 Comments on Pimm’s Float

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. Cecile August 21, 2015 at 7:40 AM - Reply

    This looks simply yummy Mimi !! I’m going to share this recipe with my niece…she adores Pimm’s!! I haven’t been posting – or commenting – this summer. I hadn’t planned to ‘take the summer off’ but I’ve been traveling a lot and working in my gardens it. I hope you’re enjoying your summer!! ; o )

    • chef mimi August 21, 2015 at 10:04 AM - Reply

      Well a blog is like having an unpaid job, but the good thing is that you’re your own boss! Have a great rest of your summer!

  2. Lynz Real Cooking August 21, 2015 at 9:17 AM - Reply

    thanks for sharing, lovely photos

  3. Serena @ foodfulife August 21, 2015 at 9:55 AM - Reply

    Wow! It looks delicious!

  4. StefanGourmet August 21, 2015 at 11:18 AM - Reply

    Great photos, Mimi. I have never tried Pimm’s and have no clue what it tastes like.

  5. SweetRevelations August 21, 2015 at 1:43 PM - Reply

    I was so excited when I saw this! I am a Pimm’s lover myself and this is a must try! What a great idea!

  6. cookingwithauntjuju.com August 21, 2015 at 3:58 PM - Reply

    Wow – does this look good. I’ve just had the traditional “Pimm’s Cup” but this goes way over the top :)

    • chef mimi August 22, 2015 at 7:49 AM - Reply

      Especially if you like ice cream floats! Which I haven’t had since my kids were little. This is a wonderful grown up float!

  7. A Famished Foodie August 21, 2015 at 7:12 PM - Reply

    This looks beautiful and delicious! Love Pimms this time of year, and ice cream is for always.

  8. anotherfoodieblogger August 21, 2015 at 9:25 PM - Reply

    I’ve never had Pimm’s either! Some of my friends over the pond always talk about it. But it does look very refreshing, for sure. (p.s. Fresca is my secret soda pop, and I rarely drink a pop. So refreshing!)

    • chef mimi August 22, 2015 at 7:48 AM - Reply

      Pimm’s is really hard to describe! But you should try it if you have the original recipe for it. It’s a perfect summer drink! I use Fresca in everything, too!

  9. Mr Fitz August 22, 2015 at 3:54 AM - Reply

    Its breakfast time yet I still want one of these.. Is that wrong?

  10. Marcela (tortadellafiglia) August 22, 2015 at 10:55 AM - Reply

    Yum! The dessert looks stunning! I never had it before!

    • chef mimi August 22, 2015 at 1:10 PM - Reply

      I know – it’s you unique! And perfect for summer!

  11. David Scott Allen August 22, 2015 at 12:17 PM - Reply

    What fun! This is now the fourth Pimm’s recipe I have seen this week. Is this a subtle hint form the Universe?

    • chef mimi August 22, 2015 at 1:11 PM - Reply

      Maybe that we should hurry up and drink more Pimm’s before the summer ends…

  12. love in the kitchen August 22, 2015 at 2:30 PM - Reply

    Wonderful Mimi – I’ll have to get a bottle of Pimm’s before the summer is over…

  13. The Gourmet Gourmand August 22, 2015 at 2:49 PM - Reply

    OK this idea is genius! Thanks for the trial run to test it out for us- so much yum!

  14. ladyredspecs August 22, 2015 at 5:50 PM - Reply

    A float for grown ups, fantastic. I have a thing for Pimms, must be my heritage..

  15. chefceaser August 23, 2015 at 6:16 AM - Reply

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

  16. safifer August 23, 2015 at 10:04 AM - Reply

    I’m another who has never tried Pimm’s, but as much as I like other herbal liqueurs, I need to. I see a trip to my local ABC store in the next few days–I’ll hope that they have the mini bottles so I can try it that way. This would be perfect for the weather we’re having now.

    • chef mimi August 23, 2015 at 3:28 PM - Reply

      Oh I hope you can find it! I don’t think it comes in mini bottles, but i hope i’m wrong!

      • safifer August 24, 2015 at 5:37 PM

        As well as I like herbal liqueurs, I’ll risk a bottle, but out ABC store has a surprising array of the mini bottles.

      • chef mimi August 25, 2015 at 10:14 AM

        To me, it isn’t that herby. It’s nothing like a St. Germaine, for example. It’s much more complex!

      • safifer August 27, 2015 at 4:05 PM

        Sounds very interesting. I think I’m making a trip to the ABC store tomorrow. I appreciate the information.

  17. Michelle August 23, 2015 at 7:59 PM - Reply

    So pretty!

  18. Dini @ The Flavor Bender August 25, 2015 at 10:31 AM - Reply

    Oh wow!! This looks amazing! I know I will love these :)

    • chef mimi August 25, 2015 at 10:51 AM - Reply

      Nothing better than an adult ice cream float!!!

  19. camparigirl August 28, 2015 at 6:56 PM - Reply

    I have been drinking Pimms for 30 years and never thought of pairing it with ice-cream. Am keeping it for my next 5 Things we love!

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