Check out the recipe below to discover what puts the 'special' into this beloved drink. And once you've tasted it, I'm sure you'll love this twist as much as I do.
Arnold Palmer Special
4 oz. sweetened iced tea
4 oz. basil lemonade (aka 'the twist') - recipe follows
Ice cubes for serving
Basil leaves for garnish (optional)
Combine the iced tea and lemonade, pour over ice, garnish with basil and enjoy!
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 1/2 cups cold water
1 bunch of basil
1 cup of sugar
Combine basil, sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a small saucepan and simmer until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat and cool, allowing the basil to steep in the syrup. (Note: I like to allow the basil to steep for at least an hour, if time permits). Strain syrup into a container and chill in the refrigerator. Discard used basil.
Add the lemon juice, 2 cups of water and basil simple syrup to a pitcher and stir to combine. Serve over ice and enjoy!