This Strawberry and Gin Smash is the perfect summer cocktail, ideal for slowly sipping in front of the Tennis when Wimbledon kicks off later this week! Get the recipe at Supper in the Suburbs!

Strawberry and Gin Smash

Celebrate the start of summer and the Wimbledon tournament with this quintessentially English cocktail made with strawberry, tea and gin – the Strawberry and Gin Smash, aka The Wimbledon.

This Strawberry and Gin Smash is the perfect summer cocktail, ideal for slowly sipping in front of the Tennis when Wimbledon kicks off later this week! Get the recipe at Supper in the Suburbs!

English summer

It’s that time of year when every other day we are teased with bright blue skies and glorious sunshine then the next day follows torrential rain. Wimbledon is plastered across our TVs and it’s the perfect excuse to sip a cocktail or two with friends as we cheer on our tennis champs – in a polite, pleasant British way of course.

The start of Wimbledon has always marked the start of summer for me. As a child I remember being devastated that it meant The Simpsons wouldn’t be on TV for two whole weeks!!! But now I just see it as a good excuse to pour a stiff drink, nibble strawberries and cream as we get over excited about two people hitting a ball about on a very well manicured lawn. Is there anything more British?

This Strawberry and Gin Smash is the perfect summer cocktail, ideal for slowly sipping in front of the Tennis when Wimbledon kicks off later this week! Get the recipe at Supper in the Suburbs!

A stiff drink

The official drink of Wimbledon is of course Pimms. Now I’m a big Pimms fan but after attending a couple of weddings and a summer party or two already this month I am well and truly Pimms’d out. Plus, I’ve got a feeling a stiff drink will be required when watching Andy Murray loose (I mean win) so I decided to come up with a quintessentially English cocktail that could take the place of the usual glass of Pimms this year.

For my cocktail I had to use the most British spirits of all – gin. I was hoping that if I looked hard enough I’d find a craft gin distillery based in Wimbledon, West London. Unfortunately not. If there’s a distillery I’ve overlooked, please do let me know in the comments!

Instead I opted for the rather floral “Bloom“. You could use any gin that happens to be lurking in the back of your drinks cabinet but I’d recommend something light and fragrant rather than deep and spicy.

This Strawberry and Gin Smash is the perfect summer cocktail, ideal for slowly sipping in front of the Tennis when Wimbledon kicks off later this week! Get the recipe at Supper in the Suburbs!

The best of British

Considering that I was using the best of British gin I had to use the best local strawberries too. I do wonder whether the hundreds of thousands of strawberries eaten at Wimbledon every year are British but then again, the weather has been so poor this year I know shops are struggling to stock strawberries form our little Island. I wouldn’t blame Wimbledon if they were struggling too. We have a pick-your-own near us and were lucky enough to buy a local batch of these rosy red fruits.

Gin and strawberries aside, there’s one final, very British ingredient to my Strawberry and Gin Smash – tea.

I let the tea cold brew in the gin (easier the more gin your are pouring and the more cocktails you are making), before adding the tea infused gin to the strawberries and blitzing them up in a blender. Check out the full recipe below.

This Strawberry and Gin Smash is the perfect summer cocktail, ideal for slowly sipping in front of the Tennis when Wimbledon kicks off later this week! Get the recipe at Supper in the Suburbs!

Strawberry and Gin Smash – The Recipe

Strawberry & Gin Smash (aka The Wimbledon)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1 250ml glass

Serving Size: Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 50ml gin
  • 1 English breakfast tea bag
  • 6 strawberries
  • Ice
  • Tonic water

Instructions

  1. Begin by steeping the tea bag in the gin for 5 - 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the stalks from the strawberries and, using a hand blender, blitz together 4 of the strawberries along with the gin.
  3. Pour the gin and strawberry mix over the ice and top up with tonic water. Slice one of the remaining strawberries and add to the glass.
  4. Cut a small slit halfway into the strawberry, up from the base and rest on the rim of the glass.
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What I love about this cocktail is that it is sweet without any added sugar. When British strawberries are at their best they quite literally taste of sunshine – warm and sweet. The tea infused gin brings a fragrant note, the tonic water a bitterness that helps to balance the drink. If, however, you do manage to get a sour bunch of strawberries you can add a drizzle of honey to sweeten it to your taste.

It’s a long drink that will easily slip down, smash after smash, set after set during Wimbledon this year. Who will you be cheering for?

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This Strawberry and Gin Smash is the perfect summer cocktail, ideal for slowly sipping in front of the Tennis when Wimbledon kicks off later this week! Get the recipe at Supper in the Suburbs!

 

30 comments

  1. This looks absolutely beautiful – I just love your wine glass too – what a perfect match for this drink, the green stem reminding me of strawberry tops. I don’t like gin so would sub for vodka but any excuse to eat more of these glorious British berries is grand by me 😀

    1. Thanks Jo! You know I hadn’t put all that much thought into it but you’re right it does look like a strawberry top 🙂 I’m sure this would taste just as good with vodka 😉

    1. It’s certainly something a little different. I think my OH thought I was mad “brewing” tea in gin 😛

    1. Hahaha I like your thinking Tracy. I’ll admit I only watch the final! Can’t be bothered with all the other matches. This will definitely help though 🙂

    1. Thanks Diana! I’ve not been able to catch much of it yet. Hopefully I’ll be able to tune in for the quart-finals onwards!

    1. Send me a pic if you do make it Aish 😀 tag me on twitter (@KitchenGoddess3) or instagram (@EFWalt) 😀 enjoy!

  2. I have never been a big gin drinker, but this looks so good I may change my mind. I love that you used English breakfast tea for this recipe. It is one of my favorites. Hey, maybe I can convince myself I have having my afternoon tea with this yummy drink!

  3. I love the gorgeous color of this cocktail. I never used to like gin, but recently I’ve tried a few that have me singing a different tune. I definitely want to sip this poolside this summer!

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