We’re getting a brief reprieve from summer here in the Upper Midwest. I’m wearing pants today for the first time in a month and slept without any fans on last night. My weather app says this is just a glitch, that summer’s back on schedule for tomorrow. Which is great, really. Because I have some Green Palms to drink while it’s still hot outside.
The Green Palm is a riff on an Arnold Palmer, made with green tea and mint and served only slightly sweetened. It’s refreshing and light, with a lemon flavor that dances on your tongue instead of smacking you in the face. It does take a bit of forethought, to make the iced tea and the syrup, but if you do both ahead of time you can mix up a Green Palm in about 30 seconds.
I hope the rest of your week is full of iced beverages, fresh tomatoes, and pleasantly sweaty walks outside.
The Green Palm
This recipe calls for simple syrup, which is super easy to make and what all the bartenders use to make your cocktails. It’s a good thing to keep on hand, because it dissolves in cold liquid, which most sweeteners don’t. There’s a good tutorial on how to make your own simple syrup here. If you’re not into clicking things, you could just heat up equal parts water and sugar in a pot and stir until the sugar dissolves. If you’re not into simple syrup, you could always substitute agave nectar, which does dissolve in cold liquid. Agave is sweeter than simple syrup, so I would scale it down a bit.
4 green tea bags
4 sprigs of fresh mint
1/2 cup lemon juice (2 large or 4 medium lemons)
1/4 cup simple syrup
Cover the tea bags and mint in 4 cups of fresh, cold water. Let sit covered in the refrigerator overnight. After the bags are done steeping, discard the tea and mint. This is your minted iced tea, and it is a delicious drink in its own right.
To make the green palm, combine the iced tea, lemon, and simple syrup and stir over ice.