Cheftovers is expanding into cocktails! And if this first one is any indication of what I’ve got shaking and stirring around in my little head, happy hour is gonna be great this summer.
Who doesn’t love an ice cold Arnold Palmer in the summer? For those unfamiliar, this traditional summer drink is a half-and-half mix of iced tea and lemonade. Cool and refreshing, it’s one of my favorites. So I decided to give it a new twist and turn it into a “cooler.” In summers past, I’ve been introduced to a few varieties of iced tea vodkas, Firefly Vodka is my pick.
Now this wouldn’t be a Cheftovers cocktail without a leftovers element. I like a little splash of fruit in both my lemonade and my iced tea. And it just so happens that I had a boat load of frozen berries in my freezer.
I like to toss them in there when I get BOGO pints or when they’re getting too ripe. Don’t toss ’em, freeze ’em! I thought I’d substitute frozen cubes of fruit for ice cubes, so as not to water down the drink and add that subtle fruit flavor I was after.
I tossed what I found in the freezer, (a mix of blackberries, strawberries and raspberries) into the blender, then added about a tablespoon of honey, some water, a squeeze of lemon juice from a single wedge, and a generous splash (like a 1/4 cup) of limoncello (an Italian lemon flavored liqueur).
I blended it until smooth, then poured the mixture into ice cube trays to freeze.
When those were good to go, it was time to bust out the shaker. Staying true to the original Arnold Palmer recipe, I mixed one part Firefly sweet tea vodka with one part lemonade, added some ice cubes to the shaker and did the “it’s almost happy hour” dance to shake it all up and chill the mixture.
I poured the iced tea vodka/lemonade over the berry ice cubes, and garnished it with a sprig of mint for a classy touch. Cheers!
For another (and less sweet) take on this drink, try lemon flavored vodka (like Absolut Citron), and unsweetened ice tea. What are you mixing up for your patio parties?