Frozen Pimm’s Cup slushies made just in time for Middle Sunday of this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament. It has been especially hot there this year, which is much better than the rainy days in years past during the tournament, so a frozen version of their signature cocktail is much needed for cooling off.
I love Pimm’s Cups. Only a few ingredients, a few fun garnishes and oh so refreshing. I have been waking up early to watch matches live since there is a wee bit of a time difference between Las Vegas and London. A little too early in the day for a frozen Pimm’s Cup, so I have been saving them for later in the day when I watch replays of matches I missed in the middle of the night.
It has been especially hot in Vegas this month and I am all about the frozen slushy drinks, especially these frozen Pimm’s cups slushies.
Wimbledon is perhaps the most famous of all the tennis grand slam tournaments. Known for its immaculately kept green lawn tennis courts, all white tennis clothing and gear, and English traditions such as strawberries and cream, champagne and Pimm’s cups. Today is known as “Middle Sunday” which is the Sunday between the two weeks of the tournament when no matches are played. The players get a day off, the lawns get a day off. Players practice and relax, fans get to go shopping instead of hanging out in the famous Wimbledon queue all day waiting to get seats.
I didn’t get a day off though. I was at the tennis courts this weekend for my daughters’ tennis tournament. it was blazing hot but they did amazing. And now time for the rest of the day off with a frozen Pimm’s Cup slushie for me and frozen lemonade for my girls. And lots of popsicles. Maybe take turns sitting in our freezer.
I would love to travel to the tennis slams. They are all so amazing to watch on tv, and I have so many friends that have gone to see them in person. The Australian open kicks off the grand slam season in January, which is a hard court tournament. Next up is the French open, also known as Roland Garros, and is at the end of May which is played on red clay courts. First two weeks of July is Wimbledon and the US Open at the end of September, another hard court tournament, is the final slam of the year.
There are so many tournaments year round at places all over the globe. But I really wish to be able to attend the slams at least once in my life. I want to be able to sit at Centre Court sipping a Pimm’s Cup watching my faves play. Not just on my tiny iPad screen at 4 am. With headphones on so I don’t wake anyone else in the house.
The hardest part about watching tennis right now is wanting to go out and play! I haven’t played since the end of January when I decided to land and twist my knee funny after hitting an overhead shot and I tore my meniscus in two spots and tore some cartilage off the back of my patella. OUCH. I had to have surgery for it at the beginning of May. Recovery is going well, but I really miss the tennis courts. Hoping to get back out there by the end of fall. So until then my lovely Wilson Blade tennis racquets get to be blog props.
The Pimm’s Cup originated in the 1850’s. The Pimm’s No.1, No.2 and No.3 were all developed by a son of a farmer in Kent, England. He offered a gin based tonic, made in his Oyster bar, with secret mixture of herbs and liqueurs as an aid to digestion. They went on to creating No.4, No.5 and No.6 cups in the 1960’s. All having slightly different secret blends of ingredients for their different flavors. It is a popular summertime drink in England, commonly served with carbonated lemonade. Ginger ale is a common substitute for the lemonade, and some recipes use both lemonade and ginger ale. Garnishes range from apples, lemons, oranges, strawberries, cucumbers and mint. Out of all the Pimm’s cup the No.1 cup is the most popular.
I love to combine both lemonade and ginger ale when I make Pimm’s cups. For my frozen Pimm’s Cup slushie I froze lemonade in ice cube trays. Instead of pouring lemonade into my blender and adding ice cubes which just waters down the drink and weaken’s the lemonade flavor I went with the lemonade ice cubes. This made for a much thicker, frozen slushy texture, like you would find from a commercial slushy machine.
I blended the lemonade cubes with Pimm’s No. 1 Cup until fully blended. A high power blender works great for this.
Frozen Pimm's Cup Slush
A frozen slushy version of the famous cocktail served at Wimbledon.
- 1 liter bottle of Lemonade
- 1 C Pimm’s No. 1 Cup Liquor
- 12 ounces Ginger Ale ( I prefer Bundaberg Gingerale)
- Orange slices
- Cucumber slices
- Fresh sprigs of mint
Fill ice cube trays with lemonade. Freeze up to 8 hours or overnight.
Once frozen fill blender with the lemonade ice cubes. Add in the cup of Pimm's No.1 Cup liquor. Keep on low then slowly raise the speed until its really thick and fully blended. You can always add in more Pimm's or lemonade if it is too thick. Pour in glasses about 2/3 full. Pour in ice cold ginger ale and stir, adding more slushy mixture if needed then garnish with traditional Pimm's Cup garnishes!
The frozen lemonade cubes are the way to go here. Because of the sugar content of the lemonade they wont freeze as hard as water so they will blend up nicely. A higher powered blender is great for this recipe. This makes around 4 large servings.
Cheers and stay cool this summer!