Sunset Palmer

Sunset PalmerRecipe
Thomas J. Story
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.


Serves 2

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Recipe Time

Prep: 25 Minutes


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


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. Divide liquid between 2 ice-filled glasses. Top each with about 1/2 cup black tea. Garnish with lemon verbena leaves.

*Grow your own lemon verbena and lemon balm, or look for them at a farmers' market.