In honor of National Lemonade Day (technically tomorrow, August 20th), we’ve decided to present to you, the boozier cousin of the Arnold Palmer. But before we get the the refreshing cocktail, I thought I would share some interesting tidbits I ran across while doing my recipe research.
- The drink’s named after the American golfer, Arnold Palmer. The drink supposedly got it’s name when Palmer ordered a tea/lemonade mocktail at the 1960s U.S. Open. A woman nearby saw the drink and told her waiter, “I’ll have the Palmer drink.”
- There’s no strict lemonade to tea ratio, though most restaurants use a half and half combination.
And some fun facts on lemons to make you day a little brighter.
- Since lemons are high in vitamin C, sailors used them as a way to prevent scurvy, a disease that causes achy joints, loose teeth and bleeding gums. According to Sunkist, to this day, the British Navy requires ships to carry enough lemons for sailors to have one ounce of juice a day.
- Lemons are multi-duty. Not only do they taste good, they act as pretty powerful natural cleaners. According to Cooking Light, the juice can brighten aluminum, the rind (dipped in salt) acts as an abrasive scrubber and the “leftovers” can be used as a sink disposal deodorizer. Now, that’s what I call your money’s worth.
- Lemon trees produce fruit all year, meaning any day can be a Palmer day.
One of my coworkers said the other day, “you know you’ve made it when they make a non-alcoholic drink after you.” I’ll counter, a little bit of vodka never hurt anybody…especially when it looks like this!
Spiked Arnold Palmer
3 Cups of Trader Joe’s Organic Lemonade
6-7 Black Tea Bags
3 Cups of Water
1 1/2 Cups of Vodka
Boil water and steep tea bags until tea is almost cool. Mix lemonade, tea and vodka. Add wedges of orange and lemon and garnish with mint.
Makes 6-8 servings.
For the last couple weeks in LA, we’ve been blessed with some pretty great weather. The heat wave finally broke, making room for weekends filled with hikes, gloriously bad
sunburns tans and lazy Saturday mornings lounging on the balcony with the roommate.
This Saturday, Marta and I decided it was time we gave our balcony some much-needed TLC. After we finished quickly sweeping, dusting and decluttering, we sat down to enjoy our freshly brewed coffee and freshly pruned herb garden. (It’s been six weeks and counting since we first planted our herb garden, and we’ve only managed to kill off two plants. Success?) It was quite the perfect way to kick off summer. The only thing that was missing was the summer fruit. Give me a juicy peach or a watermelon wedge (or five) and this girl would have been in heaven.
Kick off your summer the right way with this drink recipe. Not only is it easy to make, it’s an extremely refreshing and healthy way to satisfy your thirst on those hot summer days. This recipe is versatile too. Just add some alcohol (preferably vodka) into the mix for a wonderfully fresh summer cocktail. I hope you enjoy this drink as much as we did.
Watermelon Lime Juice
Half of a Mini Watermelon, cubed and chilled
~2 Cups of Club Soda, chilled
A Handful of Basil, rinsed and strained
Place chilled watermelon cubes in a blender and pulse until completely blended. Squeeze one lime at a time into the blender, taking care to remove any lime seeds. Pulse the blender for another five seconds. In two glasses, gently muddle the basil leaves. Pour watermelon-lime juice evenly into the two cups. Pour club soda to the brim and serve immediately.