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Courtside Cocktails: Five Super Serves

Nothing beats a spot of tennis on a summer’s day… when watched from the sidelines, of course!

Indeed, no matter what your favourite summer pastime is – whether you’re obsessively watching Wimbledon, dreaming of far-off destinations or relaxing in your garden – we hope that the most taxing movement you will be asked to make is the lifting of a glass. And to ensure even that small effort is as pleasurable as possible, we’ve put together five smashing summer cocktails to quench your thirst. Game, set, and… splash!

Sparkling Strawberry Sangria

There’s a reason that sangria has become synonymous with sun and socialising: this chilled drink is extremely refreshing and lends itself to casual family-style serving – simply pour into a pitcher and pass around. Our fruity twist also means that you can enjoy a traditional taste of SW19 via this berry-centric beverage.

You will need:

For the cocktail:

2 big handfuls of strawberries, sliced

1 orange and 1 lemon, sliced into rounds

60ml cognac

1 bottle chilled rosé cava, brut

100ml chilled sparkling water

Crushed ice

2 tbsp strawberry syrup (see below)

For the syrup:

100g strawberries

150g caster sugar

200ml water

Sugar syrup recipe:

  1. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan, heating and stirring until all the sugar is dissolved. Meanwhile, place the strawberries into a heat-resistant bowl.
  2. Pour the hot syrup over the strawberries.
  3. Leave to sit for six hours, stirring from time to time.
  4. Strain and refrigerate.

Sparkling sangria recipe:

  1. Combine the strawberries, orange and lemon within a serving pitcher. Muddle the fruit with a wooden spoon.
  2. Combine the cognac and strawberry syrup, then add to the fruit. Pour the bottle of cava over the top.
  3. Add chilled sparkling water just before serving.

Serves 6

Tom ‘Limencello’ Collins

There’s something about watching tennis that demands gin. It’s a perfectly English drink for a perfectly English pastime. In fact, forget the ‘past’ part – it’s perfect for any time. Like right now…

Our take on this classic cocktail combines the delicate floral flavours of BLOOM Gin with a zingy hit of lemon for a drink that is both rejuvenating and yummy!

BLOOM Gin Limoncello Tom Collins

Courtesy of BLOOM Gin

 You will need:

1 part BLOOM gin

1 part limoncello

1 part soda water

Juice of half a lemon

3 tsp caster sugar

Ice

Lemon rind and strawberry to garnish

Recipe:

  1. Add limencello, freshly squeezed lemon juice, sugar and BLOOM gin to a clean glass. Stir, cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Add soda water and stir again.
  3. Garnish with a strawberry and lemon rind – and enjoy!

 Serves 1

Pimm’s Royale

Any rundown of Wimbledon cocktails – or, indeed, British summer cocktails – would not be complete without including Pimm’s; so, if you’re a fan, you’re in luck – we’ve got three coming up!

The first is a classic, and with good reason. The most luxurious way to toast the triumph of your favourite tennis player.

You will need:

30ml Pimm’s No. 1

Chopped apple, cucumber, strawberries

Thin strips of cucumber and lemon peel

Mint sprig

Champagne

Recipe:

  1. Place small cubes of apple, cucumber, and strawberries into a chilled champagne flute.
  2. Pour in the Pimm’s.
  3. Top up with champagne.
  4. Garnish with cucumber and lemon peel and a sprig of mint.

Serves 1

Pimm’s Rebel

Our rebellious recipe might yield surprising results for your tastebuds: this is Pimm’s, but not as you know it. A smooth, spicy drink to delight in at dusk.

Pimm’s Rebel

Courtesy of Simon Dogget

You will need:

30ml Pimm’s No. 1

30ml whisky (we prefer a rye whisky like Jim Beam – though if you have a sweet tooth you can try bourbon)

20ml fresh lemon juice

20ml mint sugar syrup (replace 100g strawberries with a bunch of mint in the syrup recipe above)

Recipe:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour over the Pimm’s, whisky, lemon juice and sugar syrup.
  3. Shake, strain and serve over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with lemon slices.

Serves 1

Pimm’s Mint Tea

A light, fizzy cocktail that is surprisingly refreshing – who needs regular mint tea when you can have Pimm’s?! Perfect if you are picnicking or serving afternoon tea: pour the cocktail into china cups for a super-cute retro treat.

You will need:

200ml Pimm’s No. 1

80ml fresh lime juice

200ml sparkling water

200ml cold mint tea

Fresh mint leaves

Recipe:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour over the mint tea, tea leaves, lime juice and Pimm’s.
  3. Shake, strain, and pour over teacups with ice in the bottom. Fill up to the half-way mark.
  4. Top up with sparkling water and more mint leaves.

Serves 4

So, there you have it: five cracking cocktails to sup courtside. Ace!

Image Credit: Duncan Hall

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Alex spends her days writing copy and her nights writing fiction, reviews and other fun things. When she's not scribbling, Alex enjoys cooking and cooking shows (secret MasterChef fan), devouring boxsets, and reading. Oh, and eating. Lots. Her first novel, beats per minute, is on sale now.

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