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Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer (Serves 5)

This drink, made famous by the pro-golfer, Arnold Palmer, is really 1 part lemonade to 3 parts iced tea. Arnold also always put a slice of lemon in his. Below is the quick rundown on how to make this from scratch.

Iced Tea
  • 3 tablespoons Classic Iced Loose Tea (or your favorite black tea)
  • 5 cups water
Lemonade
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (approximately 2-4 lemonds depending on size)
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of agave nectar
Bring the 5 cups of water to a boil and put in the 3 tablespoons of loose tea. Take it off the heat and allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes. While the tea is steeping, juice your lemons. Strain the tea into a pitcher and put it in the freezer to cool. Mix together the lemon juice, cold water and agave nectar. Stir until the agave nectar has dissolved. You can add as little or more agave nectar as you like.

Once the tea is cold, you fill 5 tall glasses with ice and pour in the lemonade to about 1/3 of the way up and then pour in the tea. Stir and taste. More agave nectar can be added to suit different tastes. I like this drink tart, not sweet, so this recipe has less sugar than most. Traditionally you would make a simple syrup of 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water and add the entire syrup to the tea before pouring into the glasses.

Garnish with a slice of lemon and serve.

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