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Everyone knows about the Arnold Palmer, the non-alcoholic mix of iced tea and lemonade. Well, I made it better and named it after a lady golfer. (Disclaimer: I don’t know anything about golf and I only know Arnold Palmer from the commercial where he orders a drink that is literally the drink named after him because he loved to mix tea and lemonade. Within 0.2 seconds of googling women golfers, I found Sandra Palmer, who is not related to Arnold Palmer except for the fact they are both golfers, but I think she deserves a drink.)

Start with making the iced tea with the 1960 Black Tea and Lemon Juice concentrate made by Finest Kind out of Portland. On the bottle it says to mix 1 part concentrate with 7 parts water or sparkling water. I am going to use 4 parts sparkling water and 3 parts Cold River Vodka (a great potato-based vodka out of Freeport) but any neutral spirit will work. I was going to squeeze my own lemons and get real fancy but I found this awesome soda out of Brunswick called Green Bee Lemon Sting. It is made with Maine honey, which makes up for the fact that the lemon juice is probably brought in from a warmer state. (Maine is rich in resources but let’s not get greedy.)

Still wanting to be fancy, I added in some Tempus Fugit Liqueur de Violettes for the perfect amount of florals. I know this liqueur will be the next big thing in cocktails, and if not, it should be. It is created from “the finest French violets,” which makes me want to sip this beverage in the sunshine.

THE RECIPE

1 ounce Finest Kind Black Tea mixer
4 ounces sparkling water
3 ounces Cold River Vodka
3 ounces Green Bee Lemon Sting soda
1 ounce Liqueur de Violettes
1/2 ounce simple syrup

Mix all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and stir (don’t shake, as tempting as that is) and strain into a tall ice-filled glass.

Jessie Lacey lives in downtown Portland with her boyfriend. She spends whatever free time she has making dresses, cocktails, art and trouble.

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