According to a former royal chef, Darren McGrady, the monarch likes to have Pimm’s at Buckingham Palace garden parties, served with a picnic of sandwiches, cakes and scones.
In a new YouTube video, Darren says: "We served Pimm's a lot at Buckingham Palace in the summer at garden parties and things, and it's no secret that the Queen is a lover of gin - and it's a gin-based drink. With a splash of lemonade in there, it's a super-refreshing drink.
"You won't believe the garnish that goes into the royal Pimm's recipe," he adds.
"Forget just a slice of lemon – there are seven different things! It's almost a fruit salad. Sliced oranges, lemons, cherries (stones removed of course) strawberries, cucumber, mint and borage" (which is a flowering herb).
Darren then goes on to do a tutorial of the royal Pimm’s but interestingly, instead of adding whole cucumber slices into the cocktail, he opts to just use the cucumber peel. He explains: "The flesh part would all go mushy – and anyway, that is used for royal tea sandwiches."
Once he’s finished cutting all the components and adding them to the glass, he simply tops with Pimm’s and lemonade and voila!
"That's one part Pimm's and two or three parts lemonade," he says. "Some members of the royal family measured it the other way round and I'm not saying who!"
Hmm, we wonder!
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