behind the bar: matt armendariz’s special pimm’s cup


This week’s Behind the Bar is a special twist on one of my favorite summer cocktails, the Pimm’s cup. Instead of the traditional Pimm’s cup, we have a Pimm’s Blackberry Elderflower Lemonade Cocktail created by one of my favorite photographers, Matt Armendariz.  Matt has a very accomplished career in food on the creative side, which comes through in all of his photography from his expert use of color to the composition of his food and lifestyle shoots. In perusing his Instagram feed following the recent renovation of his backyard, I think it’s very safe to say that almost every day at his house is a party. I wish I were at his house to enjoy this.  –Kristina

About Matt

Matt Armendariz is a photographer based in Long Beach, California. He shoots food and lifestyle for advertising and editorial clients, and when he’s not working you can find him making pizza or swimming in his backyard. He lives with his stylist husband, Adam Pearson, and three very small dogs.

See how Matt makes his cocktail after the jump!

Pimms Blackberry Elderflower Lemonade Cocktail

I try not to proclaim this too loudly, but sometimes the seasons skip us here in Southern California and we go straight to warm weather and plenty of sunshine. Because of this (and because of a recently completed backyard remodel), I’ve been serving my friends cocktails that might seem better suited for July or late August. But if you look at the temperature and see 92˚ in April then perhaps you’ll forgive me.


serves 1

  • 1 ounce Pimms
  • 1 ounce St. Germain
  • 5 blackberries
  • splash of sparkling lemonade
  • freshly cracked ice
  • thinly sliced lemon for garnish


Muddle the blackberries and place into glass. Add ice. Pour in the Pimms and St. Germain, then top with sparkling lemonade. Garnish with a thinly sliced lemon wedge and enjoy!

Why Matt loves this recipe

This drink is a perfect early summer sipper that is best enjoyed on warm days. It started as a gift of a limited edition bottle of Pimms Blackberry and Elderflower, and I can tell you that didn’t last too long at our house. My take on it still features Pimms Liqueur, with fresh blackberries taking center stage along with a splash of St. Germain for the elderflower notes.  It’s delicious, happy, colorful and best enjoyed with plenty of friends and sunshine!


  1. Love Pimms so can’t wait to try this one!

  2. jessica says:

    Be right over!

  3. Angie says:

    Where are those glasses from?

  4. Anjelica says:

    These look great! Also, I love that he and I have the same last name!

  5. Beti says:

    We are traveling in Italy this month and came across the Pimm’s Blackberry & Elderflower. It sounds delightful but I’m afraid to try and bring a bottle home in our checked bags. (Dang TSA – If I can’t bring home Pimm’s in my carry on, as far as I’m concerned, the terrorists have won.) How does Matt’s cocktail compare to the bottled?

  6. Nicole says:

    Where are the glasses from!? They’re great


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