There is nothing in this life more disappointing than an overly sweet lemonade… okay, maybe there are worst things, but there is no greater beverage-related disappointment than an overly sweet lemonade. I am an avid fan of all things tart – I won a lemon-eating contest in the eight grade – so when something advertises a lemon-flavour it has to be strong enough to make me pucker.
I’m also a big iced tea fan (the beverage, not the rapper), so consequently I’m a big Arnold Palmer fan (the beverage, not the golfer). But my biggest issue with the Arnold Palmers I’ve tried is everything is too sweet. The iced tea component tastes like sugar water with a hint of tea and the lemonade tastes like sugar water with a hint of lemon. Oh, and did I mention that Arnold Palmers are not traditionally alcoholic? Forget that noise! Anyway, I had to come to grips with the fact that if I wanted to drink the Arnold Palmer of my dreams I would have to make it myself. So I did and the Bourbon Arnold Palmer was born!
The lemonade in this recipe is light on the agave syrup and heavy on the lemon. It also has cayenne in it. I became addicted to slightly spicy lemonade after I did some light communications work for a company that sold juice cleanses. I never did the cleanse myself, due to my longterm relationship with pizza, but I use to request that all my free juices were this lemon cayenne number they use to make. Apparently it’s suppose to jump start your metabolism, but don’t worry, the bourbon in this recipe will make short work of that! 😉
The iced tea recipe associated with this drink is perfectly sip-able on it’s own and I think it tastes excellent with absolutely no agave syrup at all. I just figured it would be best to sweeten the tea to smooth out the bourbon. But if you’re just looking for an innocent and refreshing summertime drink, I highly recommend the Vanilla Mint Iced Tea unsweetened!
The Bourbon Arnold Palmer is THE drink to beat the summer heat, so grab a deck chair, your favourite pair of sunnies and sip away!
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, strained
- 5 cups water
- 1/4 cup agave syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup mint leaves
- 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- 5 tea bags, Orange Peko or Earl Grey
- 6 cups water
- 1/4 cup agave syrup
- 1/2 cup Vanilla Mint Iced Tea
- 1/2 cup Cayenne Lemonade
- 1 1/2 oz bourbon
- Mix lemon juice, cayenne and water together in a large jug.
- Add the agave syrup and taste. If it tastes too tart add more syrup in tablespoon-sized increments.
- Refrigerate the lemonade until chilled.
- Muddle mint and vanilla bean in a large jug until fragrant.
- Add water and tea bags, and place the jug in the refrigerator.
- Leave tea to steep for at least 6 hours.
- Once the tea has steeped, strain it and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Load a Tom Collins glass up with ice.
- Pour bourbon over the ice, followed by 1/2 cup of Cayenne Lemonade and 1/2 cup of Vanilla Mint Iced Tea.
- Stir and garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of lemon. Serve immediately.