Last weekend I was trying to come up with a drink to take along to a picnic. It was going to be a warm day, so I wanted something refreshing and cool. My thoughts turned to an Arnold Palmer, which is a classic combination of iced tea and lemonade, but I wanted to give it a little kick. I started googling and learned that many people add vodka to an Arnold Palmer (and some call that concoction a John Daly). You can also cut out a couple of steps by serving sweet tea vodka (Jeremiah Weed and Seagram's both make versions, along with several other brands) with lemonade. However, I'm not a big fan of vodka, and the sweet tea version is a little too sweet for me. When I think of iced tea and lemonade, I think of sitting on a porch somewhere in the south, and the spirit that best matches that setting is bourbon. After a little more searching, I found this article, which calls the combination of iced tea, lemonade, and bourbon a Tipsy Palmer. My new favorite drink of the summer was born.
The Tipsy Palmer
2 parts iced tea
2 parts lemonade
1 part bourbon
Lemon slices for serving (if you're feeling fancy)
Stir all ingredients together and serve over ice. This is a very basic formula and you can make it as do-it-yourself (or not) as you like. I initially intended to make my own iced tea and lemonade, so I could control the sweetness, but I reconsidered when I saw the price of lemons at the store (I was making a big pitcher for a group, so it would have taken a lot of lemons). I decided instead to use bottled lemonade but then tweak it with some fresh-squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup as needed. I found the Trader Joe's lemonade I used was plenty sweet for me, so I didn't end up adding any additional sweetener, but I know there are those who like their iced tea super sweet (looking at my brother-in-law Josh right now). I did make my own iced tea by brewing black tea according to the directions on the box and then chilling it for several hours. You could definitely experiment with different types of tea, or start with bottled iced tea if you're pressed for time. For a party-sized amount (about 12 servings), I used 6 cups iced tea, 6 cups lemonade, 3 cups bourbon, and the juice of 4 lemons. Find a porch somewhere and enjoy!