Cheat on Arnold Palmer tea

It’s summer! At least in DC it is. With temperatures in the 80s this week, we are living outdoors again. But not without thirst quenching drinks, like this iced tea, which is my easy and healthy version of an Arnold Palmer.

Most of our non-American followers probably have no clue what I’m referring to. A few might know Arnold Palmer was an famous American golf player, but a drink? In fact, I never heard of it either before I came to live in the States. One beautiful day, when we were having lunch on our terrace with American friends, one of them asked for an Arnold Palmer. “What on earth is he talking about?” I wondered. He told me the story of Palmer’s favorite drink, a mixture of iced tea and lemonade. I decided to make it myself and it became one of my favorite summer drinks.

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I must admit I always prepare my Arnold Palmer’s the lazy way. I don’t feel like making two separate beverages first. So I cheat a little by making a simple iced tea with earl grey, adding a lot of lemon juice and some agave syrup or honey (much healthier than sugar syrup). That’s it!

For 1 pitcher
Action time: 10 minutes + cooling

4 bags of earl grey
5-6 tbsp agave syrup or honey (or more if you like it sweet)
juice of 3-4 large lemons
handful of mint leaves
ice cubes
some lemon slices for the garnish (optional)

1. Pour 4 cups/1 liter of boiling water in a heatproof pitcher and add the tea bags. Steep for 5-8 minutes until you have a dark tea.

2. Remove the tea bags, add the agave syrup or honey and pour in the lemon juice. Add the mint leaves and 3 cups/750 ml cold water. Cover and chill in the refrigerator.

3. Taste the tea and mix in some more agave or honey if you wish (I prefer my Arnold Palmer not too sweet). Serve cold with ice. Garnish with lemon slices if you like.

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