Words by: Simon Difford
When Wimbledon kicks off the British summer has officially begun. Cue hordes of tennis fans making their annual pilgrimage to sit on Aorangi Terrace, eat strawberries and quaff champagne. Will Andy Murray, the 2013 Wimbledon Champion, triumph again to enthrall the home crowd? We’ll be serving up some of these summer ‘Wimbledon’ cocktails and cheering on Murray.
A refreshing vodka based strawberry cocktail with lemon juice balanced by honey. Drops of balsamic and a dusting of black pepper add interest.
Dating back to the 1990s when anything in a 'v' shaped glass was termed a Martini, this remains an essential cocktail for the tournament due to being rum laced strawberries and cream.
Pimm's Cup (classic Pimm's)
You've not properly experienced an English summer until you've drunk one of these whilst sheltering from the rain.
Difford's Fruit Cup
My attempt to improve upon the Pimm's Cup above. I much prefer it.
Fruit Cup Spritz
A light summery spritz with flavours reminiscent of Pimm's.
A quintessentially English tipple pimped with champagne and gin.
Another 'Martini' from the 1990s but it's still tasty today. A perfect serve whilst watching Wimbledon on the telly.
Being Italian, this strawberry flavoured cousin of the Bellini is usually made with prosecco but for Wimbledon perhaps champagne is more appropriate - or even an English sparkling wine.
A perfect combination of champagne and strawberries named after the glamorous sex-symbol and Hollywood actress Jayne Mansfield.
Vodka laced real lemonade - another perfect Wimbledon serve.
Perhaps not the most appropriately named Wimbledon serve but this vodka based drink combines strawberries and champagne.
Earl Grey Fizz
Looks like a glass of champagne but has a well-judged little extra something. Created in 2002 by the much missed Henry Besant at Lonsdale House, London.
Strawberry and maple syrup combine brilliantly with bourbon.
Strawberry on Acid
Fruity, slightly sweet strawberry, balanced and made interesting by vodka, balsamic vinegar and a tingle of black pepper.