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There’s a lot about this post I don’t do often, from caring about sports to sharing recipes to trying to style a glass in a way that’s not massively boring. Low end of the learning curve here, for sure, on all accounts. But I do like tennis — along with gymnastics, it’s the only sport I ever make an effort to watch, and pay attention to — and Wimbledon has always been my favorite grand slam, probably due to the movie Wimbledon, it being played on grass (truly the best look for tennis, all right #shallow), and also the fact that my love of London goes way back and extends to most things even remotely within its borders.
I’m only vaguely aware of the strawberries & cream tradition for Wimbledon snacking, and mainly surprised y’all have strawberries in season that late in June; it was a quest and a half finding them now, which saddens me because I’m not ready to start making cold drinks until June, so I missed most of strawberry season this year. This has not always been the case, though, which is how this drink came to be one of the years I followed Wimbledon religiously.
This shoppertunity for SocialFabric seemed like a fantastic way to share the recipe with you, though, and I’m very glad I got to do so — all of two years after first mentioning it on a iced caramel coffee post.
Like I said, it was rather a quest to find fresh strawberries, which are infinitely better than frozen no matter how you slice them, thank you very much. I headed to Lidl with my sister and a friend of hers, and had a look at the frozen meat aisle while I was at it because I miss duck. It was not to be, but I was pretty captivated by the ice cream aisle and filed it away in my head for another time.
Wimbledon-Inspired Strawberry & Ice Cream Creamy Milkshake
I’m sure you can find similar recipes elsewhere but I really did make this one up. I mean, it’s a drink. It’s the one thing even I can’t screw up.
2 parts strawberry juice
1 part plain ice cream or vanilla, left on the counter to soften for ~15 minutes
1 part milk
Vanilla sugar or extract (optional)
Ice cubes (optional)
One way you can do this is evidently toss it all in a blender and process till smooth. I like to make things difficult for myself, and also be able to eat bits of ice cream as I drink it, so my method goes:
Turn the strawberries into smooth juice in an appliance that lets you do this without adding liquid to the mix. I have a super old juicer that works great for this, and I’m sure you know your own kitchen bits better than I do.
Scoop the ice cream into your glass and pour the juice over it. Manually stir and crush to soften the ice cream further. Add vanilla extract if working with plain ice cream, to taste. Top with milk and optional ice cubes.
Commandeer the couch and watch yourself some tennis.