Mint Spiked Arnold Palmers

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I’m totally ready for the warm weather guys!  Capri work pants are in full rotation.  Winter jackets are hung up and stashed in the back of our coat closet.  In fact, I’m sitting here writing this blog post, listening to the beach boys and sipping on some homemade icy cold Arnold Palmer’s I whipped up.  Life is good!  Minus the fact its 80 F in our apartment since our building decided that we “don’t need the AC” yet.  I don’t know why “the building” gets to decide when the AC goes on.  I mean…I’m paying condo fees.  Fees that supposedly go towards the utility bill…

arnold palmer, lemonade recipes

arnold palmer, lemonade recipes

Well AC or not, I’m very much enjoying my Arnold Palmer.  I’m on my second glass!  I’d totally have a third, but Dario insisted that I leave him some.  I suppose I should allow my husband to get in on some of this half and half deliciousness!  The idea of half iced tea and half lemonade is the best thing since sliced bread.  Seriously!  I would drink this stuff by the gallon!  It’s so refreshing. arnold palmer, lemonade recipes

arnold palmer, lemonade recipes

The only drawback to most Arnold Palmer mixes is that they’re full of sugar from sweetened tea.  And not that isn’t tasty, because it totally is.  But when you drink 4 cups of it, the calories add up.  I’ve tried those artificial mixes you add to a bottle of water.  They have Arnold Palmer “flavor” as they call it.  Well, that my friends, is not tasty.  Nope.  You can taste that weird artificial sugar after taste.  Meh, not for me.  I need my own recipe.  Homemade.  All natural.  All delicious Arnold Palmer. arnold palmer, lemonade recipes

My recipe for Arnold Palmer is sweetened with a touch of honey.  I don’t like super sweet drinks, so you might want to add a bit more.  I also steeped my simple syrup mixture with a few mint sprigs.  It added such a nice fresh and floral flavor.  I loved it.  As for the type of tea I used, I had a few bags of green tea left, so I used that.  I recommend something somewhat plain – not a fruit flavored tea.  You really want the lemon flavor to stand out.  And with the whole cup of juice I used, it definitely will!  Serve over ice, sit outside, listen to music…enjoy the warm weather! arnold palmer, lemonade recipes

arnold palmer, lemonade recipes

Mint Spiked Arnold Palmers:

Ingredients:

  • 10 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (6-7 big lemons)
  • zest from 2 lemons
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3 sprigs fresh mint
  • 4 tea bags (your favorite brand)
  • Optional:  sliced lemons for serving

Instructions:

  1. Heat 6 cups of the water and add into a large pitcher.  Add tea bags and brew for 1-2 hours.
  2. While tea brews, add the remaining 4 cups of water, lemon zest, salt, honey and mint into a medium sauce pot.  Bring to boil.  Boil for about 10 minutes covered.  Turn heat off, remove lid and allow mint mixture to steep for 30 mins.
  3. Once mint mixture is cooled to room temperature, add to brewed tea along with the lemon juice.  Stir to combine.  Taste and adjust for sweetness.

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