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What’s a summer without a cocktail in hand? A boring summer, that’s what! Our latest installment for the we heart summer week gives you a boozy twist on the classic Arnold Palmer and can safely be called the official wht cocktail.
If you’re a regular reader, you know we love planning a good party. And no party is complete without a signature cocktail. For some reason, the summer months always gave us problems. All we needed was something easy, light and refreshing that you could drink all day. But all we ever found were super sweet punches that got a bit sickening after 2 drinks. So the Party Palmer was born; half iced tea, half lemonade, lots of vodka – all delicious. And perfect for summer!
I use frozen lemonade. If you’d like to squeeze 40 lemons, more power to you! But I find Minute Maid to be fine. I do not cheat on ice tea though and suggest you don’t either. Because with the exception of Snapple and the like, store bought ice tea is pretty nasty. Plus, homemade tea is easy.
Here’s what you’ll need for a gallon of Palmers:
- 6 cups hot water
- 8 tea bags
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 can frozen lemonade
- 2-3 cups vodka
- 3 lemons (for garnish)
- tons of ice (seriously, go start making some now)
- a 1 gallon container (to dispense the finished drink from)
- a 2 qt. pitcher (optional)
Tip: I have found the easiest way to make this is to mix the tea and the lemonade one at a time in a 2 qt. pitcher, then pour them into the gallon dispenser.
-Start with the tea. Add 6 cups boiling water to 8 tea bags in the 2 qt. pitcher. Allow to seep 5 minutes, no more or you’ll have bitter tea. Fish out and throw away the tea bags, then add your sugar. Pour tea into the 1 gallon container.
-Make the lemonade in the same 2 qt. container according to directions, giving it a good stir to break up the frozen bits. Pour into the 1 gallon container.
-Add 2 cups vodka to the 1 gallon container. If this is for a family event, I suggest stopping there. For a real party party, I think you can safely add 3.
-Fill tall drinking glasses with ice and serve with a lemon wheel for garnish.
-Let the party begin!