Wednesday, July 21, 2010

porch drink: arnold palmer's

my porch drink of choice this summer: the arnold palmer. a.k.a sweet tea + lemonade. I've altered tyler florence's recipe a bit to include sweet tea & a little alcohol. hey- it's summer, afterall.

arnold palmer {adapted from tyler florence's recipe}
1-2 family size iced tea bag
1 tea kettle filled with boiling water
* ¼ sugar {for sweet tea}
1 cup simple syrup {for lemonade, recipe below}
1 lemon zest
1 cup lemon juice
ice cubes
vodka {or sweet tea vodka}
fresh mint for garnish

place 1-2 tea bags in a saucepan. boil a tea kettle full of water.  pour the boiling water over the tea bags.  let steep for several minutes. add *¼ cup of sugar & the hot tea to a pitcher. fill pitcher up with cold water & mix well until sugar dissolves.

to a blender, add the simple syrup, lemon zest, lemon juice, 1 cup ice cubes & pulse to puree. place the mixture into the freezer for 15 mins.
add a handfil of ice cubes & a cup of the sweet tea to the shaker. using an ice cream scoop, scoop some of the frozen lemonade into the shaker. add 1 shot of regular or sweet tea vodka & mint leaves. shake well & pour into glass with the mint as a garnish.

simple syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

add the sugar & water to a medium saucepan. bring to a boil & allow to simmer until the sugar has dissolved. remove from heat & set aside to cool completely. 

1 comment:

  1. Oh yum. This is next on my list. I also have some Otter Pops with your name on 'em. Email me your mailing address & they'll be on their way.



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