Sunset Palmer

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Thomas J. Story
Recipe from Sunset

A play on the classic iced tea and lemonade drink made popular by legendary golfer Arnold Palmer. In this version, the combination of lemon-scented ingredients gives a gentler citrus flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 stalks fresh lemongrass, ends trimmed, chopped
  • 1/2 cup each fresh lemon verbena* and lemon balm leaves*, plus lemon verbena for garnish
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup brewed black tea, such as English breakfast, cooled

Preparation

Prep Time:

  1. 1. Put lemongrass, lemon verbena, lemon balm, and zest in a heatproof container. Pour 2 cups boiling water over herbs and steep 20 minutes. Strain, then stir in sugar.
  2. 2. Divide liquid between 2 ice-filled glasses. Top each with about 1/2 cup black tea. Garnish with lemon verbena leaves.
  3. *Grow your own lemon verbena and lemon balm, or look for them at a farmers' market.
Amy Machnak,
April 2011