This twist on the famous Arnold Palmer cocktail is truly the stuff of dreams. It combines graciously exotic jasmine tea (don’t use jasmine green tea, though: that’s different!) with homemade ginger syrup in a tall glass—and it’s the perfect showcase for Tennessee sipping whiskey. Fresh lemon juice and a hit of seltzer water give it a refreshing kick—and if you make your ice with jasmine tea, too, you can be sure your cocktail won’t get watered down over the course of sipping. Although its taste is sophisticated, there’s nothing complicated about this drink; it’s as easy to make as its ingredients are to find. It is a great match for salty snacks, so it makes a nice aperitif. Alternatively, enjoy it on its own; it’s just the thing to accompany a lazy afternoon of daydreaming.
Ice made from strongly brewed jasmine tea
2 ounces (60 ml) Tennessee sipping whiskey
1 ounce (30 ml) lemon juice
½ ounce (15 ml) Ginger Honey Simple Syrup (see below)
2 ounces (60 ml) strongly-brewed, cooled jasmine tea
1 ounce (30 ml) seltzer water
Lemon pinwheels drizzled with a little Ginger Honey Simple Syrup
Add the jasmine tea ice to a tall Collins-style glass, and then add the whiskey. Top the whiskey with the lemon juice, and pour the chilled Ginger Honey Simple Syrup and cooled jasmine tea over the mixture. Finish with the seltzer water, and garnish with the syrupy lemon pinwheel. Then, just kick back and relax.
to make Ginger Honey Simple Syrup
Make a batch of Raw Honey Simple Syrup. Add ¼ cup (25 g) finely chopped fresh (preferably young) ginger. Pour the mixture into an airtight container, and let it steep in the fridge for a couple days. Strain before using. Use within 2 weeks.
to make Raw Honey Simple Syrup
In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup (340 g) honey with ½ cup (120 ml) water and simmer, mixing until the honey has dissolved. Let the mixture cool. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a month.
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