Anyone for tennis? Oh, dearie me, last shout for The Championships Wimbledon was on Sunday 15th of July. But not to worry, Miss Windsor’s here to console you with a sup or two of her frightfully fruity Pimm’s cocktail - which is 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!
So, move over Mr Original Gin Sling, and make way for Miss Windsor’s intensely vibrant vodka-based tipple – toot sweet! 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 nostalgic childhood memories: as many moons ago, I recall an aura of glee whilst I guzzled down a ’99’ ice cream spattered with sweet pink fizz – How scrumptious!
PHOTO CREDIT - Mr Mikey Ice Cream of Weston-Super-Mare
You see, I wish to share, that for a good few years now lurking around in my pantry – Oh, I say! was a rather dusty, yet sultry and slender looking figure – “Oh, please do expose more Miss Windsor?” I hear you express with such deep desire. Well, darlings lets refrain from becoming a little too excited here! and so I must confess the mysterious figure turned out to be – the one and only Special Edition of Blackberry & Elderflower Pimm’s – Oh, how delightful!
I say, darlings, this is not just any old Pimm’s, in fact, this vodka-laced, fabulously fruity infusion which boasts a bountiful taste of our English summer hedgerows, was bestowed upon Miss Windsor many years ago by her darling friend Sir Brian – Oh, what 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, thus adding a tad more than just the ‘bog-standard’ lemonade - as my modern mentor: the jolly old internet recommends! So, of course, I called upon my trusty Mrs Beeton who offered me her rather luscious lemonade recipe – phew! (Link available at the end of introduction)
Moving swiftly on, 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!
Darlings, 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 – well, what do ya know! 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!
Now, 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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