THE IT: Pimm’s No. 1 Cup

Pimm’s No. 1 Cup  is enjoying a bit of a revival—even Parts & Labour, Toronto’s latest It spot, offers a version of the classic English cocktail. In honour of the Queen’s Canadian visit (and Canada Day weekend), we’re sharing our recipe for summer’s most refreshing drink.

You will need:

1 bottle Pimm’s No. 1 Cup (found in the liqueur aisle of the LCBO)

1 two-litre bottle of ginger ale or lemon soda

An assortment of sliced oranges, lemons, and cucumbers

Sprigs of fresh mint

Optional: A few splashes of Tanqueray or Hendrick’s gin


Add a generous handful of ice cubes to a large glass pitcher.

Pour in 2 cups of the Pimm’s No. 1 Cup (+ extra gin, if you’re brave and/or awesome).

Add 4 cups of ginger ale or lemon soda (or more, to taste).

Add in the fruit and the mint.

Stir, serve, and smile!

Pimm’s is best enjoyed in a backyard, at a cottage, or while watching the 1981 version of Brideshead Revisited.

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