Anyone for tennis? Oh dearie me, the last hurrah of The Championships Wimbledon was on Sunday 15th of July 2018 (this year's season ended on the 14th July 2019). But not to worry my dears, as Miss Windsor’s here to console you with a sup or two of her frightfully fruity Pimm’s cocktail - just the tonic to soothe one’s post-tennis blues.
Or why not join Mrs Simkins (my culinary collaborator) and I for a jolly good quaff of the good stuff at our summer garden party- here's the LINK: Mrs Simkins & Miss Windsor’s Summer Garden Party!
So, move over Mr Original Gin Sling, and make way for Miss Windsor’s intensely vibrant vodka-based tipple, which oozes a luxurious touch of Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur.
Oh, and by the way, my recipe tastes rather like "pink sherbet", which funnily enough sparks many summery and nostalgic childhood memories for moi, as one recalls chasing Mr Whippy's ice cream van down the road at full pelt, until he eventually screeched to a halt and served little Miss Windsor whatever she desired - usually a "99" ice cream smattered with pink sherbet and garnished with a Cadbury's Flake.
I say darlings, Mr Whippy really must've pitied my efforts, as I was always rewarded the large sized cone full to the brim of fluffy white ice cream. And so, one vividly remembers an aura of glee and enormous satisfaction whilst guzzling down a 99 ice cream spattered with sweet pink fizz! My dears, if you've never seen a 99 ice cream before, just take a peek below!
PHOTO CREDIT - Mr Mikey Ice Cream of Weston-Super-Mare
And I wish to share, that for a good few years, lurking around in one's pantry was a rather dusty, yet sultry and slender looking figure, “Oh, please do elaborate more Miss Windsor!” I hear you chirp with immense intrigue.
Well, darlings, I must confess that the mysterious figure turned out to be the one and only Special Edition of Blackberry & Elderflower Pimm’s - I bet you didn't imagine that at all you saucy lot!
Moving swiftly on, this bottle of booze is not just any old Pimm’s, in fact, as previously mentioned it's a fabulously fruity infusion laced with vodka, which boasts a bountiful taste of our English summer hedgerows.
Oh, and it was bestowed upon Miss Windsor many years ago by her darling friend Sir Brian – he's such a generous chap!
And so with a recipe in mind for my pantry find, I wished to perform a bit of a Miss Windsor twist, and so I called upon my trusty Mrs Beeton who suggested a touch of her magic homemade lemonade will certainly do the trick!
Therefore, the combination of Blackberry & Elderflower Pimm’s, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur, and Mrs Beeton's Quick-Fire Fizz Lemonade created the most perfect post-tennis, well Wimbledon in this case, pick-me-up!
Now darlings, I expect most of you are familiar with Pimm’s No.1 Cup – a gin-based herbaceous cocktail, which during the 1800’s, Mr James Pimm’s of London originally invented to promote one’s health – I say, I do often wonder if he succeeded in that department? Anyway, you’ll be pleased to know, in total there are six varieties of Pimm’s – How fascinating!
And rather interestingly, the refreshment in question was introduced to the UK in 1964 and goes by the grand title of Pimm’s No.6 Cup. In fact, this particular digit served as the perfect foundation for the divine creation of Blackberry & Elderflower Pimm’s, which first graced the market of fine liquor in 2012 – How spiffing!
I say, darlings, tick tock, tick tock – it’s nearly Pimm’s o’clock! So without further ado, please dash off to your elegant drinks cabinet and have a jolly good go at recreating Miss Windsor’s cocktail!
ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY MISS WINDSOR
Miss Windsor’s Blackberry & Elderflower
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