This week we’re kicking off a weekly summer cocktail post. From now until Labor Day, Alex and I are going to share a cocktail recipe every Friday. Here’s a super easy summer favorite to get things started. This one’s particularly apropos on the heels of last week’s US Open (golf, that is).
While, I’ll have to admit, I don’t really watch golf, I do like golf-related drinks. Take the Arnold Palmer, a mix of ice tea and lemonade, which can be found on the menu of pretty much every restaurant and poolside club house across the US. Why Arnold had this drink named after him is not well known, but what is well known is that Arnold was both a very talented player and an upstanding golfer — a real class act.
John Daly, on the other hand, could swing a club with the best of them, but was a hard-hitting, partying kind of guy. He used to show up to the golf course wearing outrageously bright outfits, drinking beers and smoking cigarettes. So, while it’s unclear why the Arnold Palmer is called an Arnold Palmer, it’s only fitting that if you take an Arnold Palmer and add vodka, it should be called a John Daly.
Thanks to friends Jenn and Tom for introducing me to this incredible concoction a few years back (oh jeez, has it been 5 years?). It’s now got a permanent seat in my summer line up. You’ll love it, too!
- 3 c chilled black tea (we brewed ours from Assam)
- 2 c lemonade (or the juice from 4 lemons mixed with 4 T cane sugar dissolved in about 2 c water)
- 10 oz vodka (adjust to more or less, depending on your likes)
If you want, scale this up to make an even bigger pitcher. It’s a crowd pleaser. Serve over ice and garnish with a lemon.