With the temperatures now solidly nestled in to the triple digits during the days here, I thought it was only appropriate to start off with a cocktail that is both refreshing and malleable - my effervescent version of the ubiquitous Arnold Palmer.
Both The Husband and I love iced tea, so much so that we have two large iced tea dispensers; that way, when we run low on one batch, we can begin another. At no time is this more necessary than the summer months. But even tea can get tiresome if you don't change it up every so often. So sometimes we have Arnold Palmers, the combination of equal parts lemonade and iced tea. And that's great, especially when you want something a touch sweet. If I want something really sweet, I'll make sweet tea (which, sidebar, is not just tea into which sugar has been sprinkled - sweet tea and sweetened tea are two different concoctions, and they must not be confused).
But sometimes you need something bubbly. And fruity. And kind of spicy.
A few weeks ago I made a cinnamon-raspberry-infused iced tea that was just lovely. This time, we're going for another fruit that basically screams summertime: peaches.
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For the Peach Pie Iced Tea:
- 2 quarts water
- 2 large iced tea bags
- 2 bags peach tea
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 3 peaches, chopped roughly
For the Palmer:
- Peach Pie Iced Tea
- Simple Syrup (plain or flavored, totally optional - I don't use this)
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fresh peaches and cream ice cream.
After all, it's hot out.
Megan at Wanna Be a Country Cleaver made a Raging Aztec Slushie. I don't even know what that is and I want one. Oh, and to sweeten the pot, she is giving away a KitchenAid blender. Just head over to her post and enter to win today!!!!
Also on tap today is Carrie at Bakeaholic Mama; she's serving up a raspberry Tom Collins.
Tomorrow, Kat at Tenaciously Yours, is whipping up an amaretto cocktail that makes me feel much more sophisticated than I actually am, and Kirsten over at Comfortably Domestic is making Traverse City cherry mojitos - I'm already making my grocery list!
And keep checking back - we've got lots of delicious drinkables to enjoy this first full week of summer!
What's your favorite way to stay cool in the summer? Ice cream? Iced tea? A frost adult beverage?