My younger son is crazy about the Arnold Palmer right now – the drink named after the famous golfer, Arnold Palmer. He mixes this up as soon as he gets home from tennis or baseball. On this glorious Fourth of July day (yup, the sun is shining – which is not a given in the Seattle area), I present to you a classic summer drink for athletes and spectators.
The recipe has a basic ratio – one half lemonade and the other half iced tea, plus some ice. Just have the ingredients on hand, and you always have a refreshing drink at a moment’s notice.
The Arnold Palmer
Ingredients for one tall glass of an Arnold Palmer
- 1 cup of lemonade
- 1 cup of iced tea
- some ice
Iced tea: We love Trader Joe’s Kettle Brewed Unsweetened Black Tea, or you can make your own from tea bags, fresh tea leaves, or even sun tea if you have the time and patience. Once a summer, I make sun tea – I place about 8 black tea bags into a pitcher of water and then let it sit outside in the sun for 8 hours. I store it in the refrigerator to be consumed at our leisure.
Lemonade: If you have the time, you can make your own using fresh lemons and your choice of sweetener – I use honey or simple syrup. You’ll need about 3 lemons for a cup of lemonade. Then, to the lemonade, add 1/4 cup of simple syrup or 1/8 cup of honey (or more if you prefer it sweeter). Simple syrup can be made by simmering equal amounts of honey (or other sweetener) and water for about 5 minutes, and then cool for a few minutes.
Finally, fill a glass with half iced tea and the other half with lemonade, stir, add ice, and enjoy!
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