Cocktail Corner: The Leland Palmer

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I don’t normally drink gin; for me, even the best brands have an off-putting household-cleanser undertone. However, when I saw the photo that accompanied the recipe for this cocktail in Bon Appétit, it looked so cool and refreshing I wanted to dive right in.

I whipped up a batch last night, and it was as good as advertised. It was kind of a pain in the ass to make, what with juicing lemons and grapefruit, brewing tea, etc.

Honestly, you could probably get about the same effect using your favorite tea and a decent quality store-bought lemonade. That’s most likely how I’ll make it next time. But the idea of a cocktail based on the classic Arnold Palmer (tea and lemonade) is a keeper and just the thing for a hot day.

Recipe below the fold and at the above link. Cheers!

THE LELAND PALMER COCKTAIL

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup honey
• 1/2 cup hot water
• 3 cups freshly brewed jasmine tea, cooled
• 3/4 cup gin
• 3/4 cup limoncello*
• 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
• 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice
• 1 cup chilled club soda
• Ice cubes
• 6 lemon slices (for garnish)
• *Limoncello, a lemon-flavored liqueur, can be found at many supermarkets, at Trader Joe’s markets, and at liquor stores.

Preparation

• Stir honey and 1/2 cup hot water in small bowl until honey dissolves. Cool completely.
• Combine honey water, jasmine tea, gin, limoncello, lemon juice, and grapefruit juice in large pitcher. Add club soda and stir to blend.
• Fill six 1-pint mason jars or 6 tall glasses with ice cubes. Divide tea mixture among jars; top each with lemon slice.

Posted by Betty Cracker on 05/29/10 at 06:03 AM • Permalink

Categories: Booze

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That does look:

a) like a lot of work
b) worth every second of it

BTW, it’s not the taste of the gin that worries me, it’s the after effects.  One time at a NY Film Festival party after one too many gin martinis (fish eye lens!), I nearly took out Lily Tomlin by spinning around too fast while leaving a bar with a couple more martinis.

LOL, poor Lily!

It really is a fantastic drink. I’m going to try an easier version using my regular old iced tea and lemonade. If I can get it right, I’ll update with a low-brow recipe.

How the heck did you remember the name Leland Palmer?  I watched the entire first season of Twin Peaks but had to Google it.  Does this drink bestow super mind powers?  I’m having it for breakfast!

LOL, Mr. Wonderful, I can’t claim credit—the bartender who invented it gave it that name. I didn’t get it either until he explained the Twin Peaks connection, and I once dressed up as the Log Lady for Halloween!

I was scanning my memory banks: Leland Palmer? I know that name! But from where?

I was seeing Joseph Cotten, and thinking it was maybe his character in Soylent Green.

Did you know that the actor who played Leland Palmer (whose name escapes me at the moment) sounds exactly like the guy who narrates Frontline?

I didn’t notice this on my own; it was pointed out in the commentary track for Good Night and Good Luck by my husband, George Clooney.

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