What is it about us Brits and Pimm’s? As soon as there’s a sniff of sunshine, we’re at the supermarket in our droves, stocking up on that most famous of summer cups ready to drink by the gallon. Syrupy sweet and laden with fresh fruit, lemonade and lashings of ice, it’s a taste synonymous with British Summer Time and all of its mainstays, and we can’t get enough of it.
Like most Brits, the recent heatwave has led me to succumb to the whims of Pimm’s, but not Pimm’s as we know it. My daily browse through Pinterest led me to stumble upon a GENIUS twist on Pimm’s and lemonade, perfect for cooling down in the heat. Pimm’s ice lollies. OH YES. Incredibly easy to create, the process of freezing the classic combination of Pimm’s and lemonade seems to intensify the familiar flavours, whilst giving it an added sharpness and an intense alcoholic kick. Don’t get them mixed up with fruity ice lollies – these are definitely not for kids!
When you think of English strawberries, what recipes spring to mind? Pimms? Strawberries and cream? Strawberry jam?
We’re currently in the throes of strawberry season in England, which I celebrated on Sunday by stocking up at my local PYO in Horsforth. And whilst all the above are strawberry-classics for a very good reason, my punnet of beautifully fresh strawberries was crying out for something different. Well, that and the fact that it was the day of the Wimbledon Men’s final, which was enough to shred the nerves of even the most fair-weather of tennis fans. Something a little stronger than strawberry jam was called for…
After three nail-biting sets were rewarded in the sweetest of ways, a strong, strawberry-based toast to Murray’s success was a must. But what?