Party Palmers - cocktail of the month

Party Palmers – cocktail of the month

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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!

9 thoughts on “Party Palmers – cocktail of the month”

  1. This is a great summer drink idea! I have about 8 bottles of vodka i’m looking to unload so i’m going to make these push this to everyone that comes in my house. I love Arnold Palmers but never heard of them until i moved to LA 9 years ago.

  2. Yum! I don’t know if I’ve ever had an Arnold Palmer, but sounds like something I would love. I’m a big ice tea drinker…might as well add some alcohol to it to make it even better. Thanks for the recipe Stef! I’m bringing a batch of these to the lake this weekend :)

  3. All hail the Party Palmer – the best summer drink in the land. Cool, sweet, refreshing – perfect! Make sure to test this one out one day this summer – you will wonder where it has been all your life.

  4. WOW! I made these yesterday and had about 3 or 4 while I was laying out with a friend….we both didn’t realize how many we had until we tried to stand up!LOL they are really good! thanks for telling us about them!

  5. OK I’ve been cheating with this recipe. I found a sweet tea flavored vodka by Firefly the other day. I mix it with just a splash of real tea and some Lemonata Sparkling Sanpeligrino. YUM! I highly recommend the sweet tea vodka if you can find it.

  6. Sweet Tea vodka? Yum, that sounds good. I’m seeing so many flavored vodkas these days. I’ve got my eye on Absolut Mango. I’ve also seen a root beer, I’m not too sure about that one though…

  7. Stef you really should try it. It’s soooo yummy! I heard about it on the radio of all places and people were calling in raving about it. I had to try it. Instantly I thought of your drink recipe and knew it would be the perfect fit. The Absolut Mango sounds very tasty too. You could make a Mango Mojito with it :)

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