Monday is the first official day of fall! I know a lot of you are still feeling some of that lingering summer heat, especially in the south. Make a big batch of this incredibly easy, refreshing Spiked Arnold Palmer, then gather round with your friends on your favorite patio/porch/park to savor the last of summer. We all know (and love) that now classic combo of tea and lemonade…and it’s ripe for spiking with vodka.
You could always go buy a big bottle of tea and a big bottle of lemonade to do this as quickly as possible, but going the homemade route is not only easy but it’s also soooo much more delicious! I would definitely say the juice is worth the squeeze. Literally 😉 Brewing your own tea gives you control over the quality and flavor of it, squeezing your own lemons ensures the freshest lemon flavor, and making a simple syrup is the easiest (and probably the most overlooked) way to up your homemade cocktail game.
The two-tone look of the drinks in the pictures is thanks to mixing the simple syrup with the lemon juice only, and the vodka with the tea only. Then I poured the lemon juice/simple syrup into the bottom of the glasses, topped it with ice, and added the tea/vodka mix. The tea/vodka float on top of the thicker lemonade mix until you mix it all up with your straw.
Cheers to the weekend!
Spiked Arnold Palmer
- 10 oz strong brewed black tea
- 3 oz lemon juice
- 3 oz vodka
- 2.5 oz simple syrup
Add lemon juice and simple syrup to two highball glasses. Mix, then fill glass with medium to large ice cubes.
Mix black tea with vodka, then pour over ice in the serving glasses. Garnish with lemon slices before serving.
For my macro trackers out there, I wasn’t able to create a My Fitness Pal barcode for this recipe since I would have had to decide for you whether to put the alcohol calories in as carbs or fats – that’s up to you! The 15 grams of carbs listed here are just for the sugar in the lemon juice and simple syrup. For my non-macro trackers, here’s more info on what I’m talking about.