Tennis, like tea, is a very big thing in England. Two years ago I had the pleasure of visiting the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. One of my most special memories is sipping Pimm’s cocktails while munching on fresh strawberries and double cream.
So, this past Sunday, my husband and I got up at the crack of dawn to watch the Wimbledon finals with Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. Three sets and a thousand “Go Andy!” later, Wimbledon has crowned it’s new British Prince (not Harry). And you can’t blame the British for going bonkers over their new champ. His is a story of dreams, dedication, and grace under pressure. Just last year at this time he was in probably in the depths of despair after losing to Federer in the finals, and all of a sudden he’s being considered for knighthood now! Gotta love a success story with some anguish and upward mobility thrown in.
This iced tea recipe is a cheers to Andy Murray’s monumental win this year and it’s very British, indeed. It’s a twist on the traditional Pimm’s cocktail that you can get at the All-England Club with some of Elmwood Inn Fine Tea’s Kentucky Blend Tea mixed in. Think of it as a drink that combines Wimbledon tradition with Andy’s post-championship British tea time at 10 Downing Street…LOVE all! Cheers!
After Tennis Iced Tea
Serves 2-4. Pimm’s No. 1 is a liquor made in Great Britian. It’s malty, slightly spicy, and has a citrus sweetness. It can be found at BevMo or other well stocked liquor stores.
3 cups spring water
3 black tea bags or 1 Tbsp loose black tea (I used Elmwood Inn Fine Tea’s Kentucky Blend)
1/4 cup sugar
6 large sprigs of mint, plus more for garnish
1 1/4 cups of Pimm’s No. 1 liquor
1 cup strawberries
ice cubes for garnish
1.) Boil 3 cups of water to 212 degrees F, and steep the black tea and mint leaves in the water for 5 minutes.
2.) After 5 minutes, remove the tea and mint. Add the sugar and mix to dissolve.
3.) When the tea has cooled to room temperature, pour into a large pitcher and add in the Pimm’s liquor, the juice of one orange, and the juice of one lemon.
4.) Leave pitcher in fridge, covered, to chill. This recipe can be made a day ahead. Slice strawberries, orange, and lemon into 1/4 inch slices.
5.) When time to serve, garnish the iced tea with strawberries, orange and lemon slices, and sprigs of mint.
Adapted from Pimm’s iced tea recipe by Jane Hornby at BBCgoodfood.com