Golf legend Arnold Palmer was said to mix this drink before each of his 62 PGA Tour wins.
Our riff on his recipe:
Smooth black tea, tart lemon, and complex masala chai meld in our take on the summer classic.
1 | Brew tea.
Arnold used black tea. For optimal smoothness and a fuller body, we opt for GAO WEN
, a whole leaf black tea from Yunnan
Add 4 grams
of tea to your brewing vessel, and steep in 110 grams
of hot water (about 4 ounces) for 3 minutes
2 | Decant and mix.
Pour finished tea over 90 grams
ice (3-4 cubes; ice should melt slightly).
oz lemon juice (half a tablespoon), .75
oz chai concentrate
, and .50 oz
simple syrup (alternatively, melt cane sugar into tea when steeping).
Mix vigorously. This will yield 8 oz of liquid.
3 | Finish.
Fill a 16 oz glass with ice, layering slices of fresh or dried lemon.
Pour over tea mix.
Garnish with bruised thyme sprig (slap it!) and a thin sliver of fresh lemon.
For a no-chai version Arnold would recognize,
use 6 grams of tea, 120 grams of water, and .75 ounces of simple