To mark the occasion, we set Bettys Cookery School genius Lisa Bennison the task of devising a Wimbledon-inspired mocktail based on our new Strawberry, Cherry & Rose Tisane. After all, Wimbledon and strawberries go together like Bettys and afternoon tea.
Here’s how you can make your own.
(Makes 10 potions of cordial)
5 Strawberry, Rose & Cherry Tisane tea bags
500ml boiling water
50g icing sugar
5 crushed black pepper corns
Dash of raspberry vinegar (optional)
Dash of vanilla extract
Spring of mint
5 strawberries (cut into quarters)
Quarter of a cucumber (finely diced)
Serve with either mineral water, lemonade or Prosecco
Place the tea bags in a jug along with the icing sugar, crushed black pepper, vanilla, vinegar and the stalks from the mint.
Pour over 500ml of boiling water. Leave to cool for a minimum of 2 hours.
Strain the cordial through a fine sieve.
To serve, pour 50ml of the cordial into an ice-filled glass. Top with 50ml of sparkling mineral water or your favourite fizz.
Add diced cucumber, strawberry and a chopped mint.
Sit back, relax and hope for no rain delays.
Cafés don’t ordinarily contain fully functioning traffic lights flashing from green to amber to red. Ours certainly don’t. But this one does. I try not to look confused. There are lots of regulars here enjoying tea and homemade cake. I don’t want to look like a tourist – I act natural and scan for an explanation.