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!


42 thoughts on “Pimm’s Float

  1. 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 )

  2. 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!)

    • 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!

  3. 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.

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