Queen Elizabeth's ultimate Pimm's recipe has resurfaced and it's going viral

Queen Elizabeth II laughing in a matching pink hat and suit
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Friday marks one year since the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The late Queen died aged 96 on September 8 2022, and having sat on the throne for over 70 years, she was the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

As the world marks the one year anniversary of her tragic passing, members of the public have been sharing sweet anecdotes and tales about the late monarch.

Yes, from her epic Ali G impression and the hilarious names for her Corgis over the years to the time she hid in a bush to avoid a controversial Buckingham Palace guest, Queen Elizabeth is being remembered for her sharp wit and kind heart. 

One anecdote that has resurfaced surrounds the late Queen's Pimm's recipe, with the Her Majesty’s former royal chef Darren McGrady sharing the recipe a few years back. 

His YouTube recipe tutorial has resurfaced this week, and it drops a few royal Pimm's secrets.

"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," he explains in the video. "With a splash of lemonade in there, it's a super-refreshing drink.

"That's one part Pimm's and two or three parts lemonade," he recommends. "Some members of the royal family measured it the other way round and I'm not saying who."

The most important part however according to Darren is the garnish.

"You won't believe the garnish that goes into the royal Pimm's recipe," he explains. "Forget just a slice of lemon – there are seven different things. It's almost a fruit salad. Sliced oranges, lemons, cherries, strawberries, cucumber, mint and borage".

We cannot wait to try this over the weekend. 

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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