Happy Friday friends!! Can you believe that it is nearly the end of August?? I can't! Where has the summer gone? I say we squeeze the last drops of summer out and make the most of the remaining sunny, warm days! Sound good?
Well, speaking of squeezing, I have a freshly squeezed, delicious cocktail to share with you today. Put this on your weekend menu or save it for those Labor Day parties (or both!). This fancy version of the Arnold Palmer is my new favorite summer cocktail. It is so good.
I made up a batch of these to take my friend's birthday party at the cottage and they were the perfect sipper for sitting on the dock and enjoying the sunshine!
Tipsy Peach Ice Tea LemonadeAdapted from The Comfort of Cooking
6 tea bags
1-1/2 cups water
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (no pulp)*
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
plus 4 cups water
1-1/4 cup vodka
1 peach, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
5-6 sprigs of fresh mint
For the tea: Either boil water in a small pot, then add the tea bags and let steep for 4-6 minutes OR place the tea bags in a bowl and pour boiling water from a kettle over them, then steep for 4-6 minutes. Remove the tea bags and cool, then add the tea to a large jug.
For the lemonade*: In a small pot, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Over medium-low heat, stir occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Allow the syrup to cool, then add it to the jug.
Squeeze lemons (approximately 7-8 lemons) and strain the juice, until you have about 1 cup of lemon juice. Add the lemon juice and 4 more cups of water to the jug. Stir well to combine.
The lemonade and tea mixture can be made up to 1 day in advance and refrigerated.
A few hours before serving, add the vodka, sliced peaches, lemon, and a few sprigs of mint to the jug. Serve over ice and enjoy!
*You could also use lemonade from concentrate if you want (go for about 5-6 cups or to your taste). I think freshly squeezed is better, but it is a tiny bit more time consuming.