I wish it was summer all year long. I love spending days poolside with my friends and family taking in the sunlight. And there is something so special about a warm summer night when it gets dark late, fireflies come out, and the pool water becomes warmer than the air. Another thing I love about summer? Cookouts and celebrations! It starts with Memorial Day, then there’s father’s day, the Fourth of July, and then Labor Day.
Each of these celebrations is an excuse to eat some yummy food and have delicious drinks. One of my favorite cocktails to take to a summer celebration is a Gin Arnold Palmer drink. I’m not sure if this drink has an official name — I’ve heard the vodka variety called “Naughty Arnold Palmer” — but the Gin Arnold Palmer is a rarer drink, and I’m letting you in on the secret!
I first had this drink last summer when my soon-to-be-mother-in-law made if for her Fourth of July party. It’s light, refreshing, and cold.
- 1 cup water
- 4 iced tea bags
- 1 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
- 1 cup gin (I recommend Tanqueray!)
- 2 cups sparkling water
- Steep one cup of boiling water with four tea bags for 15 minutes. Let chill.
- In a pitcher, combine the thawed lemonade concentrate, chilled tea, gin, and sparkling water.
- Stir, and serve the drink over ice.
And lastly, as a side note, I must warn you that this drink is strong. My future mom-in-law recommends cutting the gin to a 1/2 cup, especially if you plan to sip on them in the sun all day :)