Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Arnold Palmer (Cheers to 1 Year!)

Today marks the 1 year anniversary of delici-owh-so! It's been a great year, with a lot of learning. I think over the year I've grown as a chef, food blogger, and photographer, but also as a person. I realized how difficult it would be to continuously post (on time). There were a few slip ups, but I feel like I was able to get a rhythm going for the most part. I was amazed at the level of creativity it took to create 55 different recipes. The blog pushed me to my creative limits, but I definitely had help along the way. The followers of this blog have been an inspiration. I am so grateful to people who shared this blog with friends, and I am astonished by kind messages and recognition by strangers (albeit only a couple of times). I'm continuously seeing God's blessings through this blog, and I hope that delici-owh-so will continue to grow. I hope that I'll continue to be able to have the privilege of sharing my food experience with everyone who reads.

This post is somewhat of a "throwback". It traces back to my first blog post, the peach tea granita. I wanted this blog to epitomize southern elegance. The local, regional, seasonal, natural beauty that comes in each place is something that can't be ignored. I reflect on that first post through a classic southern mash up- an Arnold Palmer. The drink boasts a perfect balance of smooth sweetened iced tea with the tangy lemonade. This is simple to make, and can easily be spruced up with some delicious honey whiskey!

Honey Whiskey Arnold Palmer (makes about 3 portions)
1 cup Water
1 teabag Black Tea
2 tbsp Sugar
1 cup Water
4 tbsp Sugar
1 large Lemon
2 oz Honey Whiskey

1. Boil the first water with the sugar. Once it comes to a boil, pour into a heatproof vessel, and steep the tea bag for at least 15 minutes. 
2. Boil the second sugar and water. Allow the mixture to cool down slightly. 
3. Add the zest and juice of one lemon. Allow the mixture to cool the rest of the way.
4. Combine the tea and lemonade in the pitcher, and make sure it cools completely. You can add a couple pieces of ice if it is lukewarm. Don't add too much because it will dilute the flavor.
5. Add the honey whiskey to the mixture, and stir to combine. If you want a stronger whiskey flavor, add more. I prefer a subtle flavor for this drink.
6. Pour into tall glasses over lots of ice with a lemon slice, and a mint sprig if desired.

Enjoy this treat through the hot summer- with or without the whiskey :) It's a refreshing cool-down, and a perfect way to relax and take a break!
I am extremely grateful to my family and friends, who also played a large part in this blog's success over the year. Encouragements, recipe ideas, and constructive criticism played a large part in my growth. Again, I am thankful to every one of you, and would like to raise a glass to this past year, as well as the future of this blog.

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