Saturday, July 6, 2013

Arnold Palmer Martini

Finally, Summer is here.
The living is easy, and we're on our second sunny week in Seattle. 

This martini is named for the popular Iced Tea/ Lemonade combination drink that people order in restaurants.   Obviously people drink it elsewhere, it's just where you hear it more often. Named for the golfer, Arnold Palmer, who apparently liked to drink his iced tea, mixed half & half with Lemonade.

Hmmmm, why not do a martini with that "Sweet Tea" Vodka?

Okay, so the Sweet Tea vodka is ridiculously cheap and should be scorned by "real" vodka lovers everywhere. However, there is something wonderful and refreshing... and dangerous about a Sweet Tea "Arnold Palmer Martini".  DO NOT lose sight of its potential, if you swill this like regular ole' iced tea, you will be sorry. 

But, this martini is refreshing and wonderful on a hot summer's day. Enjoy. 

You may wonder why I didn't mix this with lemonade instead of lemon juice and water?  Well, it's simple really, the Sweet Tea vodka is ridiculously sweet, and I mean ridiculously.
I had tried this with a Lemon Pellegrino water and I didn't care for it, it was just too sweet.


Makes 2

2 jiggers (approx 2 oz) Sweet Tea Vodka
1-2 jiggers lemon sparkling water, unsweetened
1/2 lemon, juiced
lemon garnish, slice

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the Sweet Tea vodka and the lemon juice.  Shake and strain into glasses, top with the sparkling water. 

Of course, you could serve this over ice too.  That's a good way to stay hydrated on a summer's day.

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