September 27, 2017

Cocktail Hour

Texans love their tea—strong, sweet, and spiked

The Drink:  The Zephyr Palmer

Where: Tailgating (another very Texan thing to do)

When: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

What’s in it: Just your usual Arnold Palmer—oh, with gin.

Even if you haven’t been in Texas long, you’ll know Texans love their tea. The “Arnold Palmer” pops up often on menus in the South. Named after the golfer who invented it, it’s a sweet mix of strong black tea and sweet lemonade. Its less known (but infinitely better) brother is called a “John Daly” and is spiked with vodka. We prefer a spirit with a little more flavor, so the Zephyr Palmer hits the spot with gin that adds subtle notes of elderberry and elderflower. Here’s how to mix one up at home…

1 ½  ounces Zephyr gin
4 ounces cold, freshly brewed tea
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
¾ ounce honey

Dissolve honey and lemon juice in the bottom of a shaker. Add in gin, tea, and ice. Shake vigorously and pour over ice.