A Drink and Things: Jade Palmer June 24 2016, 0 Comments

 

Hi all! Welcome to this week's installment of A Drink and Things. First, some quick news: The Negroni lip balms are now (finally!) ready to ship. Hurray!

Now, A Drink:

For this first official week of summer, I wanted to share a recipe that's ultra refreshing and (gasp!) boozeless. A riff on the Arnold Palmer, it's a drink you can have poolside, beachside or even desk-side. Get the recipe below. 

And finally, some things: 

Listen: I loved this interview with Moby on the podcast, Happier. He shared his thoughts on wealth and fame; New York in the 90s; why he moved to LA; and his creative process. I now am intrigued by his memoir, Porcelain

Read: These reviews of grandma candy made me laugh. And I totally agree about Circus Peanuts. Who ever thought those were a good idea?

Go: Cape May, New Jersey, is my default beach. I've been going there for over a decade now, but never have I eaten as well as I did this weekend. For the first time, my family and I went to H&H Seafood and it's exactly what you want in the summer: Seafood, simply cooked, eaten dockside. Even better, you can bring your own wine. We also popped by Beach Plum Farm's new expanded shop and restaurant. I was blown away by the quality of the ingredients and the cooking. I love that you could sit out at picnic tables right alongside the gardens. 

Buy (or covet!): Speaking of the beach, I've been obsessing over these towel blankets by The Beach People for over a year now. And now they have bags!)

Try: I've been drinking a lot of Austrian rosé this summer, so I was thrilled to see them getting some love

Hmmmm: I'll be watching how the results of this Brexit vote unfold over the next few months. For now, this is all I have to say

Jade Palmer

Makes 2 to 3 Drinks

The classic iced tea/lemonade combo goes green, with lime juice, a Thai basil simple syrup, and, of course, green tea. The basil has an intriguing anise-like quality, but you can also make the syrup with good old Mediterranean basil or cilantro. This drink is boozeless (gasp!) but is delicious spiked with gin or vodka. 

For the syrup

3 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons water

1/4 cup Thai basil leaves

For the drink

3 green tea bags

3/4 cup boiling water

3/4 cup ice water

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

2 sprigs Thai basil

1. Make the syrup: In a small saucepan, heat the sugar with the water, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and add the basil leaves; let cool. 

2. Meanwhile, make the drink: In a large measuring cup, pour the boiling water over the tea bags and let stand for 4 minutes. Add the ice water and lime juice.

3. Strain the syrup into the drink and stir. Serve in ice-filled glasses and garnish with basil springs.