Eddie Palmer

Makes 8 to 10 drinks

A boozy take on a citrusy Southern classic

Photo: Angie Mosier

A couple years ago, the Mexican-born Atlanta chef Eddie Hernandez (featured in the April/May issue of G&G) watched the horse-racing movie Secretariat. He loved the scene when Secretariat has been named horse of the year and John Malkovich’s character, the trainer, stands up and yells, “Arnold Palmers for everyone!”

So Hernandez looked up the ingredient mix preferred by the golfer (lemonade and iced tea), which are often made into a cocktail with vodka (some folks call this adult version a John Daly). Hernandez swapped out the lemonade in favor of lime and sugar, used Atlanta’s Blue Durango iced tea, and traded the vodka for his favorite mixing tequila, Hornitos Reposado. After stirring up a pitcher’s worth, he shouted out to the staff of his Taqueria del Sol restaurant, “Eddie Palmers for everyone!”

Sweet, sour, herbal, and refreshing, the drink became a staff and customer favorite. Hernandez shares the recipe below.


    • 2 quarts fresh-brewed hot black tea

    • 1 cup sugar, plus additional as desired

    • ½ cup lime juice

    • 1 cup Hornitos Reposado tequila

    • Ice cubes

    • Lime wedges


  1. Combine the tea and sugar in a large pitcher and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Taste and add more sugar if you like your tea sweeter. Cool to room temperature. Stir in the lime juice and tequila.

  2. Serve in tumblers over ice, with lime wedges for garnish.

Excerpted from TURNIP GREENS AND TORTILLAS © 2018 by Eddie Hernandez with Susan Puckett