There’s no drink more quintessentially British than a jug of Pimm’s: it marks the start of Wimbledon and the return of BBQs thereafter, and is loved by Britons everywhere for its fruity, refreshing zing and summer-filled flavours. And, during the heatwave this week, it was revealed that the Queen herself is also a fan of the much-loved summer cocktail.
In a recent Youtube video, former royal chef, Darren McGrady, revealed that the Queen enjoys Pimm’s at Buckingham Palace garden parties and even gave a tutorial on how to make the exact royal Pimm’s recipe. No stranger to making headlines, the video is now going viral, with royal fans wanting to replicate the monarch’s now-famous recipe.
‘We served Pimm’s a lot at Buckingham Palace in the summer at garden parties, and it’s no secret that the Queen is a lover of gin,’ McGrady explained on his Youtube channel. ‘It’s a gin-based drink with a splash of lemonade in there; it really is a super-refreshing drink.’
The standard recipe contains one part Pimm’s and two or three parts lemonde, but ‘some members of the royal family measured it the other way round’ he said, without revealing exactly who.
So, how exactly does the Queen’s favourite Pimm’s recipe differ? While traditional garnishes usually include mint, lemon, cucumber and strawberry, the recipe that gets the royal seal of approval encompasses a whole lot more. ‘You won’t believe the garnish that goes into the royal Pimm’s recipe,’ he explained. ‘Forget just a slice of lemon – there are seven different things in there. It’s almost a fruit salad! Sliced oranges, lemons, cherries, strawberries, cucumber, mint and borage.’
While demonstrating how to make the cocktail, McGrady also advised leaving the flesh of the cucumbers (for royal tea sandwiches, of course) and using just the cucumber peel for the cocktail.
Simply assemble all of the components and add them to the glass, and then top with ice, Pimm’s and lemonade!
How to make the Queen’s favourite Pimm’s recipe
- Cut sliced oranges, lemons, cherries, strawberries, cucumber peel, mint and borage and assemble in the glass
- Add ice to the glass
- Add 1 part Pimm’s
- Add 2 or 3 parts lemonade or Sprite. Enjoy!