Barbecuing on the 4th of July is one of my favorite things to do. The days are long, the weather is nice and you really have nothing else to do while waiting to see some fireworks. The only downside to the all day BBQ is the fact that people tend to drink a lot. Maybe it’s because it is hot or maybe everyone is just having a good time. Nonetheless, it is nice to have a tasty non-alcoholic beverage ready to go to help quench your thirst and keep your mind clear – I call this one the “Jasminey Arnold Palmer.”
Here is a recipe for a spin on one of my favorite all time drinks – The Arnold Palmer. The traditional Arnold Palmer is a mixture of half iced sweet tea and half lemonade. While I love the traditional mix, I also have a special Arnold Palmer I make if I am going all out. This one includes Jasmine Tea, honey and freshly squeezed lemon juice. The Jasmine and honey combination is a bit lighter and when you add the freshly squeezed lemon it gives it that perfect mixture of tart and sweet. Trust me when I say that this recipe is going to knock your socks off!
Here is what you need
- 2 medium sized lemons cut into wedges
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup Jasmine Tea
- 6 cups water
- Lots of ice (preferably chipped ice)
Here is how to make it
- Boil the 6 cups water in a pot
- Let it cool for 3 minutes
- Add the Jasmine Tea leaves to the pot (use T-Sac’s or cheesecloth for easy removal)
- Steep for 10 minutes
- Remove the tea
- Add honey and stir to dissolve
- Juice the lemons into the tea
- Add a few wedges as a garnish (optional)
- Chill until ice cold
- Serve over ice
In order to make this the best “Jasminey Arnold Palmer” it can be, make sure to serve it ice cold and not room temperature with ice. If it is warm the ice will dilute it and it will taste too watery.
When it is time to drink a non-alcoholic drink on your next all day BBQ, try something that is more than just water or soda. This “Jasminey Arnold Palmer” is so good it will make you want to sit back and kick your feet up!