Touchdown
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Touchdown
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The Touchdown is a refreshing cocktail with an American twist, combining the classic flavors of lemonade and iced tea—often referred to as an Arnold Palmer—with a kick of bourbon. This ... more The Touchdown is a refreshing cocktail with an American twist, combining the classic flavors of lemonade and iced tea—often referred to as an Arnold Palmer—with a kick of bourbon. This drink offers a harmonious blend of sweet and tart notes, characteristic of a summery lemonade, mixed with the robust, comforting tones of iced tea, and the rich, warming depths of bourbon. Served in a highball glass, it provides a casual yet sophisticated option suitable for a range of occasions, from backyard barbecues to a relaxing end-of-day unwind. The Touchdown is a simple, yet flavorful choice for those who enjoy a spirited version of familiar non-alcoholic favorites.
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8% | 2.4 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Touchdown

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Stir the bourbon with the ice tea in a mixing glass with ice
Strain into a ice-filled highball glass
Top up with lemonade and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Stir  ·  Strain  ·  Highball  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of bourbon works best for making a Touchdown cocktail?

For the Touchdown cocktail, using a medium-bodied bourbon that isn't overly sweet or too high in proof tends to work best. This helps balance the flavors of the lemonade and iced tea, creating a refreshing yet nuanced drink.

FAQ

Can the Touchdown cocktail be made in advance for parties?

Yes, the Touchdown cocktail can easily be made in batches in advance for parties. Combine the lemonade, iced tea, and bourbon in a large pitcher or dispenser. Store it in the refrigerator and give it a good stir before serving over ice in highball glasses. Remember to adjust the quantities based on the number of guests.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Touchdown, and how can it be made?

A non-alcoholic version of the Touchdown can be made by simply omitting the bourbon and using a combination of lemonade and iced tea, or by substituting the bourbon with a non-alcoholic spirit intended to mimic the flavor of bourbon. This version offers a refreshing drink suitable for all ages.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairings work well with a Touchdown cocktail?

The Touchdown cocktail, with its balance of sweetness and acidity from the lemonade, the depth from the iced tea, and the warmth of bourbon, pairs well with grilled meats, barbecue, hearty sandwiches, and savory snacks like nuts or pretzels, making it versatile for different dining occasions.

FAQ

How does adjusting the ratio of lemonade to iced tea affect the cocktail?

Adjusting the ratio of lemonade to iced tea in a Touchdown cocktail can significantly impact its flavor profile. Increasing the lemonade will make the drink sweeter and more tart, whereas more iced tea will give a deeper, slightly bitter taste which can complement the bourbon's complexity. Personal preference should guide adjustments to find the perfect balance.

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