Monday, April 18, 2011

Toast With This!: Arnold Palmer Special

If I had to claim one beverage as my drink, the Arnold Palmer would surely top the list.  A great mocktail that simply combines the beloved drinks of iced tea and lemonade to become one all its own, I can't think of anything not to love about it.  Cool. Refreshing.  Perfectly suited to accompany a casual day-time bite and hold its own at an evening meal.  So my thoughts went rather to how to make it a bit more special.  Nothing too over the top.  Nothing to take away from what made me love it in the first place.  But just a little extra love.  And thus, Arnold Palmer Special was born.  Basically as easy and simple as before, with a little added twist. 

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
One Serving
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!

Basil Lemonade
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!

1 comment

  1. I'm new to your blog. Nice blog! Refreshing drink. Will have to try. Thanks for sharing!


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