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Chill out this summer with a refreshing Skinny Whiskey Arnold Palmer. This mix of lemonade and iced tea is sweetened with stevia for a low-cal cocktail!
I’ve somehow ended up with an abundance of whiskey. Party over here! It’s not necessarily a bad problem to have, but whiskey isn’t my first drink of choice. We have two bottles of flavored whiskey to use in chocolate pecan pie – my husband’s favorite that I make just for him because I’m not a fan. On top of that, my parents ended up giving me three more full bottles of whiskey.
Since then (and it’s been a while), I’ve been trying to come up with different ways to use up my stash instead of just having it sit on a shelf. There are only so many pies I can make for my boo. Especially since those summer temps are rising and I’d rather not turn on the oven if I don’t have to. So there’s the occasional pie and I’ve been using it in barbecue marinades to use when we grill, too.
Then, there’s the obvious solution – drink it!
So here we are in the second week of July and it’s been hot AF. On one particularly steamy 90 degree day, I decided to put some of our whiskey to good use. I initially wanted to make whiskey spiked lemonade. As I pulled the ingredients to make a stevia simple syrup and mix up a lemonade base, I decided to go one better.
Stevia + whiskey + lemonade + tea = Skinny Whiskey Arnold Palmer!
You know, that classic lemonade and tea drink named after a famous pro golfer. It’s the best of summer beverages in a glass. Especially when it’s spiked!
And since I’ve been doing a decent job of cutting out extra sugar lately, I made my simple syrup for this drink with stevia. That way, when I’m trying to unwind and cool down at the end of a summer day, I won’t feel entirely guilty about guzzling a quart-size mason jar of this whiskey spiked Arnold Palmer.
Sure, you could totally use store bought lemonade and tea, pour some whiskey in, and call it a day. But then, you have to factor in all of that added sugar. It’s worth the extra steps. Not just to cut the sugar, but because it’s doesn’t get any better than homemade lemonade and iced tea!
So I started with whiskey and lemon juice in my shaker (aka a quart mason jar). Then, I made my simple syrup with stevia and water. I let that come to a boil and took it off the heat. Then, I filled the mason jar with ice and poured in the simple syrup.
After that, I boiled a little more water and steeped an iced tea bag. I let that cool for a bit, added it to my mason jar, gave it a good shake, and poured it into pint jars. Garnish with a slice of lemon, some fresh mint, and sip!
- 1/3 cup whiskey
- 2 lemons, juiced
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbsp. stevia
- 1 cup water
- 1 black tea bag
- Optional: lemon slices, fresh mint leaves
- Pour the whiskey and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker or quart mason jar. Fill it with ice and set aside.
- In a small pot, add the 1/2 cup of water and stevia to make a simple syrup.
- Bring to a boil and stir until the stevia is dissolved. Remove from heat. Once the simple syrup has cooled down a little, pour it into the shaker.
- In the same pot, add the cup of water and bring it to a boil.
- Once the water boils, remove it from the stove top and steep the tea bag.
- When the tea is steeped to your liking, let it cool down for a couple minutes, then pour it into the jar.
- Add the top onto the shaker and give it a good shake.
- Pour it into glasses or pint-sized mason jar with more ice. Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves before serving.
If you’re not much of a whiskey drinker – or drinker, in general – omit the booze and enjoy a refreshing summer beverage! You could even go so far as to make the lemonade and tea mixture ahead of time. Then, add the whiskey and garnishes before serving this seriously refreshing summer sip!
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