Pimm’s Jam – Easy Strawberry Jam with Alcohol

Indulge in the sweet and boozy goodness of homemade Pimm’s jam with this step-by-step recipe. Whether you’re a jam enthusiast or a Pimm’s lover, this unique recipe will surely become a new favourite in your kitchen. Perfect for spreading on toast or pairing with your favourite desserts, this recipe will add a new twist to your culinary repertoire.

Why you’ll love this strawberry boozy jam recipe

The Pimm’s adds a distinctive and sophisticated flavour, complementing the sweetness of the strawberries and the citrusy zing of the orange.

This boozy strawberry jam can be used in a variety of ways: spread on toast, served with scones and clotted cream, or used as a filling for cakes and pastries.

There’s something special about homemade preserves. This jam combines fresh, seasonal ingredients with a touch of British tradition.

The balance of sugar with the natural acidity of the orange prevents the jam from being overly sweet, making it more palatable and enjoyable.

The subtle hint of Pimm’s gives the jam a unique twist, making it a conversation starter and a delightful addition to any breakfast or afternoon tea.

Using the orange skin provides natural pectin, ensuring a good set without the need for additional setting agents, keeping the recipe more natural and wholesome.

This jam is a perfect blend of traditional and modern, with a taste that is sure to impress anyone who tries it.

Ingredients

For the full recipe and instructions scroll to the bottom of the page for the recipe card.

Creating a Pimms Jam is a delightful way to enjoy the flavours of the classic British summer drink, especially during Wimbledon tennis season. Here’s all the ingredients you’ll need:

Pimm’s

Pimm’s is a fruity and spicy gin-based liqueur from England and often enjoyed in the summer. It is known for its complex blend of flavours including hints of citrus and spices. It adds a distinctive flavour to the jam, reminiscent of the popular Pimm’s Cup cocktail often enjoyed at Wimbledon.

Strawberries

Fresh, ripe strawberries provide the primary fruity base for the jam. They bring natural sweetness and a vibrant red colour.

Orange

Normally in pectin-free jam you use lemon to help thicken the jam. As Pimm’s has an iconic orange flavour and is served with orange I exchanged them. Using orange really boosts the Pimm’s flavours and compliments the strawberries too.

Sugar

Essential for the preservation and setting of the jam. It helps to create the gel-like consistency and enhances the natural sweetness of the fruit.

How to Make Pimm’s Jam – Step by Step

Keep scrolling to find the full printable instructions and ingredient quantities.

Get out all your ingredients ready to make jam.

Add the strawberries and Pimm’s to a saucepan.

Place the saucepan on a low heat and allow the strawberries to soften.

As the strawberries are softening weigh out the sugar and add it in.

orange slices in the strawberry jam

Squeeze the juice from half an orange and place the used orange rind into the saucepan as well.

When the sugar has dissolved turn up the heat so the jam is lightly bubbling in a rolling boil for 5 minutes and keep stirring. Take off the heat and add a few drops to the cool plate. After a minute push the jam with your finger and when it starts to gently wrinkle and hold that wrinkle the jam is done.

Remove the orange rinds and spoon the jam into warm sterilised jars (see notes for how to sterilise them) and screw the lids on and leave to cool.

Once cool they are ready to use!

Pimm's Jam scones

This Pimms jam is delicious on scones!

Top Tips

Use Fresh, Ripe Fruit

For the best flavour and natural sweetness, use fresh, ripe strawberries.

Sterilize Jars Properly

See here for how to sterilise Jam Jars in the oven or sterilise them in the air fryer.

Ensure that your jars are thoroughly sterilized to prevent spoilage and extend the shelf life of your jam. Wash them in hot soapy water, rinse well, and then heat them in the oven before filling.

The Perfect Consistency

To check if your jam has reached the right consistency, use the wrinkle test. Place a small amount of jam on a cold plate and let it sit for a minute. If it wrinkles when you push it with your finger, the jam is ready. If not, continue cooking and test again. You can make the jam softer or harder set this way.

Pimm's Jam

Pimm’s Jam Serving Suggestions

Scones for a Wimbledon inspired Afternoon Tea

Slice the scones in half, generously spread clotted cream on each half, and top with a dollop of Pimms Jam. Serve with a pot of English tea for a classic Wimbledon experience.

On Toast

Toast the bread to your preferred level of crispiness. Spread a thin layer of butter if desired, then add a generous spread of Pimm’s Jam. Perfect for a summer breakfast or brunch.

As a cake filling

Spread a layer of Pimm’s Jam on the bottom layer of the sponge cake. Add a layer of whipped cream or buttercream on top of the jam. Place the second sponge layer on top, dust with powdered sugar, and decorate with fresh strawberries if desired.

Pancakes or Waffles

Serve Pimm’s Jam as a topping for pancakes or waffles. Add a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra treat.

Yoghurt or Porridge

Stir a spoonful of Pimm’s Jam into plain or vanilla yoghurt, or swirl it into a bowl of warm porridge for a fruity flavour boost. A strawberry boozy jam recipe works so well with a creamy base.

Equipment

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Pimm's Jam with a spoon on the jar

Substitutions and variations

Mixed Berry Pimm’s Jam

Combine strawberries with other berries like raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries.

Herb infused Pimm’s Jam

Add a small amount of fresh mint or basil to the jam. Add the herbs during the cooking process, and remove them before jarring the jam for a subtle herby note.

More spices

Add spices like cinnamon, cloves or nutmeg at the beginning of the cooking process for a warm, spicy flavour.

boozy jam recipes

If you like the idea of boozy jam recipes, check out my Strawberry and Champagne Jam.

Or if you are in the mood for a cocktail, try my Strawberry Jam Gin and Tonic.

Storing / Making ahead of time options

Storing Jars

Store jars of Pimm’s Jam in a cool, dark place to ensure longevity and maintain flavour.

Storing Open Jars

Once opened, keep the jam refrigerated and consume it within a few weeks.

looking down on strawberry jam with alcohol

FAQS

Pimm's Jam on scones with clotted cream

What can I pair with Pimm’s jam?

Pair Pimm’s Jam with buttery scones and clotted cream for a classic treat, or spread it on toast or croissants for a delightful breakfast. It also complements soft cheeses like brie or camembert, making it a perfect addition to a cheeseboard.

How much Pimm’s goes into jam?

This recipe is really adaptable. I use a little Pimm’s for this jam, to give the flavour a boost but you can go up to 100ml or more if you want it even stronger flavour.

How long does Pimm’s jam last?

Properly sealed and stored jars of Pimm’s Jam can last for years in a cool, dark place. Once opened, the jam should be refrigerated and consumed within a few weeks for the best quality and flavour.

Do I have to add pectin to strawberries?

Strawberries are naturally low in pectin, which means that adding pectin can help the jam set properly and achieve the desired consistency. If you prefer not to add commercial pectin, you can either cook the jam longer to thicken it or add citrus peels from lemon or orange.

Pimm's Jam from above in a jar

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Recipe

Pimm’s Jam – Easy Strawberry Jam with Alcohol

Sisley White
Indulge in the sweet and boozy goodness of homemade Pimm's jam with this step-by-step recipe. Whether you're a jam enthusiast or a Pimm's lover, this unique recipe will surely become a new favourite in your kitchen. Perfect for spreading on toast or pairing with your favourite desserts, this recipe will add a new twist to your culinary repertoire.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Sterilising time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert, Preserves, Sweet Treats
Cuisine British, English, International
Servings 2 jars
Calories 533 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

(Easy to adapt – The amount of sugar needs to be equal to the weight of the strawberries)

  • 1 punnet strawberries (approximately 250g)
  • 250 g sugar (I use granulated)
  • 3 tbsp Pimm's
  • half orange (skin and juice)

Instructions
 

  • Place a plate in the fridge to chill. You will use the plate to see how the jam sets later.
  • Remove the leaves from the strawberries and slice them up. Weigh the strawberries as you will need the same weight in sugar. If you want a smoother jam use a potato masher to break the strawberries up or chop them smaller.
  • Add the strawberries and Pimm's to a saucepan.
  • Place the saucepan on a low heat and allow the strawberries to soften.
  • As the strawberries are softening weigh out the sugar and add it in.
  • Squeeze the juice from half an orange and place the used orange rind into the saucepan as well.
  • When the sugar has dissolved turn up the heat so the jam is lightly bubbling in a rolling boil for 5 minutes and keep stirring.
  • Take off the heat and add a few drops to the cool plate. After a minute push the jam with your finger and when it starts to gently wrinkle and hold that wrinkle the jam is done. If it doesn’t wrinkle put the jam back on the heat for another 2 minutes. A gentle wrinkle will give a soft set, for a thicker set get the jam to a stage where the wrinkle is very strong.
  • Remove the orange rinds and spoon the jam into warm sterilised jars (see notes for how to sterilise them) and screw the lids on and leave to cool.
  • Enjoy on your scones, as a filling for your cakes, on your pancakes or with a spoon!

Notes

To sterilise the jars you can either wash them in hot soapy water and then place in an oven for 20 minutes at 120 degrees fan oven. Leave the lids to drain after washing. 
or
I wash the jars and lids in a hot dishwasher (steam setting if yours has one) and allow them to stay warm and dry in the machine until I’m ready to use them.

Nutrition

Calories: 533kcalCarbohydrates: 125gProtein: 0.01gFat: 0.4gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 4mgFiber: 0.01gSugar: 125gVitamin A: 0.1IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.1mg

Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.

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2 thoughts on “Pimm’s Jam – Easy Strawberry Jam with Alcohol”

  1. 5 stars
    What a brilliant idea! I made some of this to give as a gift but kept some for myself too. Such a lovely summer jam, perfect on scones with cream.

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