With the temperatures in the "hot" range, I needed something cool and refreshing to drink as I was planting the garden. I do love a nice glass of iced tea, but I wanted to add some zing to my tea. Soo, I made a pitcher of Arnold Palmer - a delicious blend of tea and lemonade.
I like my Arnold Palmer sweet with a tad of tartness. I start by brewing a strong tea and making a syrup using equal parts of water and sugar. If you like your beverages less sweet, reduce the amount of sugar in making the simple syrup. Place the tea and syrup in a large pitcher - add lemon juice and water. Stir, chill and serve over ice.
You have a nice cool beverage that will refresh you on long hot summer days.
6 cups water - divided
2 cups sugar - more or less depending on taste
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1. Bring to a boil 4 cups of water. Pour 2 cups of water into a small pan and add the teabags. Steep for 30 minutes. Remove the teabags and pour the tea into a pitcher.
2. In the remaining 2 cups of hot water pour in 2 cups of sugar and stir until dissolved. Pour the syrup into the pitcher with the tea.
3. Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice and the remaining 2 cups of water to the pitcher and stir. Chill until ready to serve.
4. Serve over ice.
Makes about 2 quarts