When I read about this drink in Bon Appetit I had to try it, even though it’s summer drink and it’s currently winter. The fact that it has jasmine tea, gin, and lemoncello intrigued me. It turned out great; I added Mexican “snack chili sprinkle” on it and some salt. That added a little something-something. I really enjoyed myself while drinking it; it didn’t matter what season it is.
Inspiration for the creation of a new cocktail comes from unexpected places. Take the Leland Palmer by Damon Boelte, bar manager at Prime Meats in Brooklyn, for example. “I was in Los Angeles visiting my girlfriend, enjoying my favorite hangover drink, the Arnold Palmer, and watching an episode of Twin Peaks, where Leland Palmer almost whacks Agent Cooper with a golf club. Sometimes things just make sense,” says Boelte. For his adult version of the popular drink that’s half lemonade and half iced tea, Boelte combines gin, jasmine tea, limoncello, lemon juice, and grapefruit juice in a pitcher. It’s summer’s essential back-porch sipper, and, Boelte adds, “It’s definitely much better than a golf club to the head.”
- 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)
- [I added some Mexican “snack chili sprinkle” on it and also a little salt]
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.
–Recipe courtesy Bon Appetit magazine.
Finished product, with some chili starting to sink: