arnold palmer: the perfect summer drink.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

i mean it.  i love me an arnold palmer.  they remind me of my mom-mom and days spent at her wesley avenue home in ocean city where she lived with my pop-pop.  she always had a pitcher of arnold palmers (though, at the time, i called it "mom-mom's tea" since i didn't know what an arnold palmer was) in the fridge.  hers had a good amount (though, not too much!) of lemon pulp and were quite sweet.  she'd add a frozen can of lemonade to the brewed tea.  mine's a lot less sweet, but just as refreshing.  give it a try.

this hardly requires a recipe but i'll tell you what i do anyway.  bear with me.

boil a decent sized pot of water.  turn it off when it boils and add a few lipton black tea bags... or, a fancier black tea than your basic lipton (dependent on how much water you boiled, of course.  or how strong or weak you want it!).  let it sit for awhile.  then, squeeze the dickens out of one or two lemons.  into the tea it goes!  then add sweetener of your choice.  i give it a few good squirts of agave nectar.  you could use honey, sugar, whatever...

refrigerate and enjoy!

{and here's another yummy summer drink made from tea bags.}

26 comments:

  1. My family loves arnold palmer's!!! We usually make a pitcher of iced tea (sweet) and a pitcher of lemonade. Then everyone has three options of a drink: tea, lemonade, or an arnold palmer! And I agree, it's the perfect summer drink!

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  2. Mike would be super proud of you right now. He loves AP. The man, not the drink, but the drink too.

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  3. I used to drink water all day. Now I just drink iced tea. I just throw 6 teabags in a pot of water til it boils. I'll have to try the lemon.

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  4. @E, the man? i'm gonna have to google that...

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  5. @e, done! golfer! now i know why!

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  6. so, this is very bp of me, but i like to lie to myself and think that it can be seen as "endearing": BUT! LIPTON! B-Ridge: the truth behind Lipton is that it's the dust (THE DUST) from the leaves that get used in British tea bags. You may be from dust, and to dust you may return, but dear bloggess, you don't have to drink dust while you're still alive! so, kick Lipton in the tea-bags, and let's start a tea-snob club.

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  7. Bridget, what the hell? ARNOLD PALMER THE MAN. The greatest golfer ever? Even I know that, and I know, like, nothing!

    Mike got his autograph once and he kept it at the store all these years in case I thought it was man-junk and threw it away.

    Whahaha.

    Just kidding, I'd never do that. IT'S ARNOLD PALMER, who invented The Arnold Palmer.

    You're just joking, right?

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  8. This sounds really good, and like the perfect summer drink for those hot days!

    Lauren
    http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  9. Arnold Palmers are my jam! Also, in the adult beverage department... have you tried the Sweet Tea Vodka with Lemonade?! Just as yummy, but only have one or two... That ish is potent! ; )

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  10. okay, so i know you said it hardly requires a recipe, but...i'm iced tea challenged. i've never made it, and for some reason i'm scared i'll mess it up. how many tea bags and how long should they steep?

    these are the questions that keep me up at night. ; )

    thanks so much for the blog! keep up the good work!

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  11. @smoothliminal, well, all depends on the amt. of water--i'd say 2-3 teabags to every half gallon? it'll be good either way... just more or less caffeinated.

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  12. Add some Vodka and you have yourself a "Dirty Arnold". Seriously the most refreshing mixed drink ever.

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  13. Such a good drink - not too sweet, not too tart. And pregnancy friendly - although I have to agree that "dirty arnolds" are super yummy too!

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  14. This is one of my favorites, along with Pisco Sours and Great White and Skinny Girl Margarita...I'm all over the place here, ha.

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  15. We mix the firefly sweet tea vodka and lemonade...a naughty palmer. :)

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  16. I LOVE Arnold Palmers! One of my favorites!

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  17. I love Arnold Palmer! Yay recipe!

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  18. Arnold Palmer's are my favorite! So tasty when spiked, too! :)

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  20. I knew I liked you.

    I always asked for my tea "the way Uncle Pete drinks it." Which is an Arnold Palmer. Definitely my favorite summa time drink.

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  21. I should add this began when I was probably 7ish.

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  22. I have a friend who had an important summer internship. They went out to a fancy summer lunch and she wanted an Arnold Palmer but instead she ordered a Tom Collins. Yep, very different drink. I don't think her employers were too impressed!

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  23. The quintessential summer drink! I bet this drink is even more special because of the memories that you have tied to it.

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  24. So delish. Definitely a perfect summer drink. :)

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    Tami
    The Things We Find Inside

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  25. you're adorbs.

    and i love me an arnold palmer.

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  26. Yum!
    So glad to have found your blog.
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