Where to find Pimm’s at Edmonton restaurants

If you’ve never tried Pimm’s No. 1, a gin-based liqueur from the U.K., then you’re missing out. When I first tried Pimm’s, it was mixed traditionally with lemonade, strawberries, cucumber and mint. But any variation, as long as it has the amber-coloured liquid, is considered a Pimm’s Cup. It’s not available everywhere but you can find it at these spots.

Three Boars Eatery

1
8424 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 1E2

With a focus on fresh, local ingredients, the food and drink menu here constantly changes with the seasons and produce availability. One drink that is usually available is their Pimm’s No. 1 Cup, which consists of the popular gin-based liqueur, lemonade and cucumber. You’ve never tasted a Pimm’s drink this fresh – like the cucumber went straight from the garden to your glass, which it probably did.

Sabor Divino

2
109-10220 103 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0Y8

It’s no surprise that this European restaurant serves up the traditional Pimm’s No. 1 from the U.K. They offer it as an aperitif to be enjoyed after a meal of delicious seafood. At only $8 for two ounces of the popular liqueur, it’s a real steal – you may even want to enjoy a glass before your meal, too.

The Common

3
9910 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 1H5

The barkeeps here make plenty of amazing cocktails, but you can’t go wrong with one of their vintage drinks – a Pimm’s Cup. It’s a concoction of Pimm’s No. 1 mixed with strawberries, cucumber, mint and ginger ale. It tastes exactly as a proper Pimm’s cocktail should – fruity but not sweet, with all of the flavours in perfect proportion so that no one ingredient steals the spotlight. They serve it as a one or two-ounce cocktail, so you can decide how strong you’d like your drink to taste.

Aussie Rules Kitchen & Piano Bar

4
1638-8882 170 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5T 4J2

This piano bar offers a strong, unique version of a Pimm’s Cup. Their take on this classic includes not only the British liqueur but also Beefeater gin, sweet and sour mix, white cranberry juice and ginger ale. It’s garnished with slices of lemon, lime and orange for a zesty cocktail that surprises you with every sip.

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

5
10065 100th Street, EDMONTON, AB T5J 0N6

The Confederation Lounge at the hotel serves Pimm’s as a two-ounce aperitif. Sip a glass of this fragrant gin-based beverage after devouring a decadent meal at one of the finest, most historic hotels in the country. It may not be sweet but the bitter herb flavour and citrusy finish of this drink is just as good – if not better – than any dessert.

Joey Restaurants

6
11228 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 2V2

One of their old-school Pimm’s Cups is a perfect drink when you want something that is both familiar and exotic. The Pimm’s No. 1 reminds you of other herbal gins you’ve tried, while the ginger ale is a flavour you’ve had repeatedly throughout your life. Add in the familiar taste of fresh cucumber, plus the sourness of the lemon-lime slush, and you’ve got yourself a cocktail that you’ve never tried – and can never forget.

The Next Act Pub & Grill

7
8224 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4E6

Located on Whyte Avenue, this hip, laid-back pub serves up Pimm’s No. 1 with ginger ale for a easy-to-make cocktail with complex flavours. They call it Simple Pimm’s but this drink tastes of so much more than just gin and ginger ale; it’s a heady mix of herbs and citrus that dances on your tongue and invite you to drink up.

Original Joe's

8
12520 102 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 0M3

This restaurant puts a spin on a traditional Pimm’s Cup with their Joe’s Cup, a mix of Pimm’s No. 1, ginger ale and bitters. The bitters give the drink more zip than usual, without cancelling out the taste of the gin liqueur. It’s a strong-tasting Pimm’s cocktail that will linger on your taste buds for a while – but that’s a good thing. It’s the best drink on their classic cocktails list, and it’s sure to please even the pickiest palate.

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