Bars deliver perfect serves for celebrating Wimbledon

Grain Store's Strawberry and Green Grass Bellini

Bars and restaurants are capturing the flavours of Wimbledon tennis and summer with cocktails created for the tournament that starts today.

Grain Store in King’s Cross in London is bringing back its popular Strawberry and Green Grass Bellini which was developed by bartender Tony Conigliaro and his team at consultancy The Drinks Factory. Pictured above, it is made with pureed strawberries plus added green grass essence, topped up with prosecco. Costing £8.50, the cocktail ties in with the tennis being shown on a large screen, called Strawberries and Screen, round the corner in Cubitt Square.

Fentimans, the producer of botanical soft drinks, has launched a Wimbledon-inspired pop-up Cocktail Court inside Gillray’s Steakhouse and Bar in the London Marriott Hotel County Hall on the South Bank. Running throughout the tournament until July 10, it is an Astro-turfed court complete with deck chairs and botanicals, created in partnership with Sipsmith spirits.

The special drinks list features the Wimbledon Spritz (pictured below), made with Sipsmith London Cup, mint leaves, an orange slice and Fentimans Rose Lemonade.

Sipsmith London Cup and Fentimans Rose Lemonade

The pop-up’s other cocktails, all priced £10, include The Swan and the Fox, combining Sipsmith London Dry Gin with vanilla, lemon juice and Fentimans Tonic Water, and the Church Road, made with Sipsmith Vodka, camomile tea, pineapple, caramel and Fentimans Tonic Water. The Gillray’s Cooler mixes Sipsmith London Dry Gin with orgeat, mint and Fentimans Victoria Lemonade.

To celebrate Wimbledon this year, London restaurant Bibendum in Chelsea is offering a special Championship Cocktail at its Oyster Bar. It combines gin, mint, lime, fragrant elderflower and tonic.

Blind Spot, the late-night speakeasy-style bar at St Martin’s Lane hotel in London is delivering the Blind Serve, made with Haig Club grain whisky, Green Chartreuse, fresh lime juice, sugar syrup and elderflower syrup, topped with a foam of fresh lime, cardamom syrup, fresh basil and egg white. Pictured below, it is available for £12 throughout Wimbledon until July 10.

Blind Serve Blind Spot

At all of the Hix restaurants around London, a light refreshing drink is being served to coincide with Wimbledon, The Wingfield Daisy. It is made with the new British gin aperitif, The Wingfield, which is stirred with ice and strained into a chilled cocktail glass and garnished with a twist of orange peel.

At Broadgate in the City of London, the Australian-style coffee shop and bar Beany Green is celebrating with the Pat Cash Smash – named after the Australian tennis star who won Wimbledon in 1987. Pictured below, it features Beefeater gin, citrus, fresh herbs and ripe summer strawberries, topped with Fever-Tree Spring Soda Water. (Photograph by Leyla Kazim.)

Beany Green Wimbledon Pat Cash Smash Cocktail (credit Leyla Kazim)

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