I have a major case of FOMO tonight. You see, a couple of my Houston Moms Blog gals met for happy hour and I was unable to join them. Insert frowning emoji. It made me think of the early days in my career, before kids, when I would just stop in for a drink and a chat with my colleagues before heading home for the day. It was a great season of relationship building, of discussing work ideas and our personal lives, eating what must have amounted to tons of chips and salsa and appies… We built each other up in the process and became lifelong friends. I could go back today and find those friends waiting with open arms.

I am so happy to be on a team again where bonding happens over happy hour and I’m sure I’ll be able to join them next time but in the meantime, it also got me thinking about “Thirsty Thursdays.” I can’t help it; I like alliteration. šŸ˜€ Thursdays are a good day for cocktails! You can plan ahead for the weekend or practice making new bevvies for weekend activities! I may or may not have spent some time scrolling Pinterest for new cocktails to try!Ā  And I reflected back on a cocktail I tried shortly before I lost my groove: the Half and Half.

the half and half cocktail

What is the Half and Half?

The non-alcoholic version of the Half and Half is better known as the Arnold Palmer and is basically half iced tea, half lemonade. Here in the South, you can actually buy powdered mix of half iced tea, half lemonade. Maybe it’s not just in the South but I don’t remember seeing such a thing up North. Naturally, I was thrilled to discover aĀ spikedĀ version of this popular Southern bevvie but I decided to amp it up by using Southern Sweet Tea and Homemade Lemonade.

How do you make a Half and Half?

This particular drink is best made in pitcher quantities! I imagine it would be perfect for picnics and tail gating! (In my head, I’m saying every word in a heavy Southern accent.) The cart is a bit ahead of the horse here because I have never posted how to make homemade sweet tea – my bad, I’ll do that ASAP. For those of you who don’t know what sweet tea is (like how I didn’t before stepping foot in Texas), it’s basically cold brewed and sweetened tea. It tastes nothing likeĀ iced tea. Until I can post my fave recipe, just get yourself some tea bags, brew a concentrated amount of tea, add ice, cold water and simple syrup to taste. Now for the good part!!!

In a pitcher, mix:

  • 1 cup vodka
  • 2 cups lemonade
  • 2 cups sweet tea
  • 2 tbsp peach schnapps

Pour in glasses with ice and garnish with a slice of lemon!

Half and Half spiked Arnold Palmer cocktail by the Spirited Thrifter

I used Texas vodka and cheap inexpensive peach schnapps – I’m not sure if there is a real difference in peach schnapps at different price points.

Half and Half spiked Arnold Palmer cocktail by the Spirited Thrifter

Half and Half spiked Arnold Palmer cocktail by the Spirited Thrifter

IĀ amĀ sure I stole tastes of my parents peach schnapps in my youth because one tiny sip took me straight back to the 80s! Anyhoo, you can easily double or triple this recipe to suit the size of your gathering! AndĀ I supposeĀ you could cheat and use prepared sweet tea and lemonade to make the mixing even easier! A word of caution: go easy on the schnapps! The peach flavour will easily overpower everything else, so add only a bit at a time!

Now that the weather is getting chillier in Texas (like 18 degrees Celsius today – bwahahaha), I’m interested in trying a hot version of the Half and Half! After all, you can have hot tea and hot lemonade! I’m willing to bet the Hot Half and Half would be just as yummy as the cold Half and Half! And just like that, I have my weekend mission!! Stay tuned!

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xoxo Nicole

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Half and Half recipe by The Spirited Thrifter


  1. Iris Needleman

    Been missing your blog. Haven’t seen any thrifting stories in a long time. Hope your health is good. Welcome back.

    • nicole

      Thanks Iris! My health has been fine (though I just broke a tooth!! NOOOOOOO!) but I’m still having troubles getting back into routine and am having to evaluate what I want to do going forward. Thank you for reading, commenting and being patient! I truly appreciate it!