Sleepy Arnold Palmers (Lemonade and Valerian Iced Tea)

Maybe it’s because I live in the city that never sleeps (where the night owls feel an exceptional need to shout at each other from under my window), but I’m becoming a big fan of dreamless sleep.  My favorite, in lieu of a nightcap of Tylenol PM, is a soothing cup of Celestial Seasonings Sleepy Time Tea.  I usually don’t touch CS tea – it’s like the Dinty Moore Beef Stew of the tea aisle.  Sleepy Time, though, is a whole ‘nother story.  Enriched with chamomile and valerian extract, it manages to tuck me in at night and mute the sounds of the city outside.  It’s rather glorious – especially coming from a girl of the suburbs who remembers fireflies and crickets as harbingers of night, not sirens and car alarms.

Sleepy Arnold Palmers (Lemonade and Valerian Iced Tea) © Spice or Die

This is my summertime ode to the dreamless sleep – a deliciously crisp and cool cocktail that blends fresh lemonade and iced Sleepy Time.  A glass or two, and you’ll feel like you’re swinging away in a hammock without a care in the world.  And yes, it works, so please drink this after the chores are done.  Like most of my drinks, this one is sweetened with a simple syrup – it makes the drink blend together so perfectly, it’s really worth the extra effort.  This particular syrup gets its glory from a mint infusion – yet another layer of flavor before naptime.

Recipe for

Sleepy Arnold Palmers (Lemonade and Valerian Iced Tea)

1 c. of mint simple syrup (recipe below)
4 bags of Celestial Seasoning Sleepytime Tea
2 c. of water
6 lemons
more water

Heat the two cups of water to a boil and then pour into a pitcher.  Add the tea bags, cover, and let steep for a half an hour.  Remove bags and let tea sit until at room temperature.  Squeeze in the juice of six lemons and add water to make 2 quarts.  Sweeten with a cup of simple syrup (adding more or less to taste).  Stir well and chill.  Serve with lemon wheels and enjoy the restful time that ensues.

Mint Simple Syrup
1 c. of water
1 c. of sugar
1 bunch of mint

Bring all ingredients to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.  Turn off and strain into a tupperware.  Pop in the fridge to chill before using.