Happy Friday! We’re getting very excited for the start of Wimbledon next week: The sun is out, strawberries are everywhere and Murray Worry hasn’t quite kicked in yet…So, whilst the players limber up and work on their second serve, we’re practising for our main role in the whole affair: drinking Pimm’s. In Boozy Shakes, Victoria Glass has pimped our favourite summer drink and this will make the perfect Wimbledon accompaniment! Enjoy!
Let England Shake
What is more quintessentially English than a Pimm’s and lemonade? I’ve shaken up this summer-time classic and turned it into a float, complete with strawberry, cucumber and mint sorbet, and named it after PJ Harvey’s prize winning 2011 album.
300 ml fizzy lemonade
100 ml summer fruit cup, such as Pimm’s
4 scoops Strawberry Sorbet (see below)
2 sprigs of fresh mint, to serve
175 g caster sugar
500 g fresh strawberries, hulled
1⁄4 large cucumber, chopped
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
a handful of fresh mint, finely chopped
an ice cream maker (optional)
2 highball tumblers
Makes 600 ml and serves 2
Begin by making the strawberry sorbet. Put the sugar and 175 ml of water in a saucepan or pot set over a gentle heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool completely. Put the strawberries, cucumber and lemon juice into the blender with the cold sugar syrup and blitz until liquidized. Pass the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a jug and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours. If using an ice cream maker, pour the liquid into the machine and once it begins to set, add the chopped mint and continue to churn until fully set. Transfer the sorbet to an airtight container and store in the freezer until needed. If making by hand, simply stir in the mint straight away and pour the liquid into an airtight container and freeze for about 4 hours, or until set, giving the mixture a vigorous whisk every 30 minutes to prevent crystals forming.
Place the glasses in the freezer to chill for a few minutes.
Mix the lemonade and Pimm’s together in a jug. Put 2 scoops of sorbet into each glass and top up with the Pimm’s and lemonade. It will fizz up and the more you stir it the more quickly the sorbet will melt. Garnish each glass with a sprig of mint and serve, preferably in a pretty garden in early summer.
Boozy Shakes by Victoria Glass is available here.