The Touchdown cocktail might be known by some as the adult version of the Arnold Palmer, a non-alcoholic beverage made up of iced tea and lemonade. However, the John Daly cocktail is also called such, with the only difference being the liqueur which is added to the two classic ingredients of the Arnold Palmer.
As far as the Touchdown goes, this cocktail stars Bourbon Whisky as the primary liqueur, and is often called the ultimate Super Bowl cocktail, which would also explain the origins of its name. If the game is on and your team is winning, celebrating with a round of these is a well-known custom in American pubs. It is an extremely refreshing thirst-quencher, with the potency of the Whiskey being lightened by the delicious flavours of the lemonade and iced-tea. This pick-me-up is subject to many recipe variations in the rest of the world as well as the States, with some opting to make the drink even fruiter by the introduction of Apricot Liqueur and grenadine. You may even find some recipes incorporating Red Bull. However, it is classically prepared with only three main ingredients.
The Touchdown is the ideal drink to have when watching a game at the pub, and its easy-to-make nature makes it a good idea to quickly whip up a pitcher of it for a barbeque, game watching party or summertime gathering at home as well. The drink is relatively easy going in nature, but should not be underestimated.
- 30 ml Bourbon whiskey
- 60 ml Lemonade
- 60 ml Iced tea (unsweetened)
- Combine Bourbon and Iced Tea in a mixing glass with ice
- Stir well
- Strain into a Highball glass filled with ice cubes
- Fill with lemonade to taste
- Garnish with a lemon slice or a sprig of mint before serving
- Mixing glass
- Highball glass