Wimbledon 2021 is finally upon us. Having not had a 2020 Championship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, us British tennis fans are chomping at the bit for the 2021 event.
But there has been no nail-biting wait for a letter from the All England Lawn Tennis Club’s ticket ballot inviting you to Center Court to watch the Men’s Finals. There won’t be overnight queues or the usual congregation of fans lathering on sun cream in between smatterings of applause atop Henman Hill. There won’t be 235,000 glasses of Pimm’s, 142,000 portions of strawberries or 28,000 bottles of champagne. No, there will be reduced crowds, masks in public areas, Covid tests, or … 2 weeks of watching tennis on the television.
On 14th July 2019, a lucky 15,000 people sat on the green seats of Centre Court watching an epic 5 set match between Novac Djokovic and Roger Federer. Millions more held the fort at home, flicking between Channel 4 and BBC One, simultaneously willing England to win the Cricket World Cup and Roger to win his 9th Wimbledon title. What an afternoon!
Djokovic just took the first set, winning the tie break 7-5. Federer sailed through the second set, taking it 6-1. Another tie break for Djokovic. Another (slightly less breezy) set for Federer. In the 5th, Djokovic and Federer made use of the 2019 rule change which introduced a tie break after 12-12, with Djokovic finally taking the title 7–6(7–5), 1–6, 7–6(7–4), 4–6, 13–12(7–3).
It was Djokovic’s 5th Wimbledon title, and, 2 years later, the defending Champion returns to the 2021 Wimbledon Championship as the reigning world No. 1 still.
Between them, Federer, Djokovic, and Nadal have held the world No. 1 spot for 844 weeks and counting. Which means out of the last 18 years, 16.25 of them have seen one of those 3 players on top. So, this year, will we see another battle between the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) and the Serbinator, or are the new players on the scene going to shake things up?
For those of us not lucky enough to be attending Wimbledon in person this year, we’ve put together some food and drink ideas for you to enjoy at home inspired by all those amazing tennis players, and all our amazing Cellars.
The No-Low Wimbledon for the Professional Player
If you want to stay focused and hydrated throughout the day, then grab a bottle (or more) of Binary Botanical’s 0.5% ABV.
A wine-lover’s beer, made using hop leaves, this is the perfect alternative to Pimm’s or champagne.
In the words of alternate Wimbledon legends Ron Roth and Peter Colt, this will also go brilliantly with “what do you call the… those little… cucumber sandwiches?”
“You Brits got a name for everything.”
The Sexy Greek
Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Rafa Nadal at Roland Garros two weeks ago, and found himself 2 sets up against Djokovic in the final before the Serbinator fought back to claim victory. After coming so close to his first Grand Slam win at only 22 we can’t wait to see what he does next, so we had to dedicate a cocktail to him.
Just like Tsitsipas, this cocktail is Sexy and Greek. Job done.
- 25ml Ouzo
- 175ml Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
Combine the Ouzo and Orange Juice in a Boston Shaker with ice. Pour into a tumbler or tall glass with ice (straining out the pulp if you wish) and serve with a slice of orange.
The Basil Smash
Invented by German, Jorg Meyer, this drink is perfect for a hot Wimbledon day. It’s cool, zesty and fresh. It’s not going to help your net skills though, so don’t have too many.
- 60ml Gin
- 25ml Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 10ml Sugar Syrup
- 10 fresh basil leaves
To be true to Jorg’s recipe and create a much greener drink, you should place 9 basil leaves (leaving 1 for decoration), the lemon and sugar syrup into a Boston Shaker. Muddle the basil leaves by gently pressing and twisting using a muddler or a wooden spoon. Add the ice and gin. Shake well and then strain into an ice filled tumbler. Garnish with the basil leaf.
We prefer the quick way, recommended by Sipsmith Distillery, which is to place all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake hard and then pour everything into a tumbler.