Refreshing and fruity, the Green Tea Arnold Palmer Cocktail is the drink you’ll be reaching for all summer. Since they are made by the pitcher, they are an excellent option for brunch on the patio or your next warm weather party.
For years, Steve and I have talked about getting a great table and chairs for the deck. Rather than making the investment, we’ve spent dozens of warm evenings eating supper on the porch or the deck, with our plates balanced on our laps. That time is coming to an end. We finally ordered an outdoor dining set we love. I can’t wait for it to be set up, so I have a place to serve family dinners on beautiful, summer nights. I foresee many days when Clarissa and Veronica will eat all their meals outside. I’ll finally be able to work in the fresh air, without balancing my computer on my lap.
I also imagine many Saturday nights spent at the table drinking a cool cocktail, listening to a Brewer game, and watching Clarissa and Veronica chase lightening bugs. There will be Sunday brunches in the sun, with fresh fruit and scrambled tofu to fill little bellies after the walk home from church.
Green Tea Arnold Palmer Cocktails are sure to be the beverage of choice while we enjoy our new table and get our fill of fresh air and sunshine in the yard. This cocktail is made by the pitcher, so you’re never more than a pour away from a refreshing adult beverage. It keeps well in the fridge, so you can make a batch and sip them over a few days. Or scale the recipe up to satisfy a crowd at your next party. Festive and fruity rimmed glasses give the drink a touch of fancy and add a delightful accent to the flavor of green tea and lemonade.
Make it a mocktail for the kiddos. Use decaf tea and skip the gin. You can still rim the glasses, so the little ones can enjoy a pretty beverage alongside the adults. I even used the berry mixture to rim glasses for my girls’ water at supper last night. They adored their fancy, but simple, drinks.
- 6 bags green tea (regular or decaffeinated)
- 2 1/2 cups very hot water*
- 1-12 ounce can lemonade concentrate
- 3 1/2 cups cold water
- 1 cup gin
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- lemon slices
- 1/4 cup freeze dried blueberries
- 1/4 cup freeze dried strawberries
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- lemon wedges
- 1. Place the tea bags in a heat-proof pitcher. Pour the hot water over the tea. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and let the tea cool.
- 2. In a pitcher, combine the lemonade, cold water, gin, and lemon juice.
- 3. Add the cooled tea and lemon slices. Stir to combine. Chill.**
- 1. Put the blueberries, strawberries, and sugar in a small mixing bowl.
- 2. Use a muddler or the bottom of a ladle to crush the berries into a fine crumb.
- 3. Place a tablespoon or two of the berry mixture on a small plate. Run a lemon wedge around the rim of a glass. Invert the glass into the berry crumbs, to rim the glass.***
- 4. Add ice and tea to the glass and serve.
- *Bring the water to a boil, then let stand off the heat for one minute, prior to using to steep the tea.
- **The cocktail is served over ice, so if you don't have time to chill the tea, you can pour the cocktails right away.
- ***Moisture will make the garnish soggy. Only use a little bit of the mixture at a time, so the entire batch is not dampened. Store the extra in a sealed container immediately.