My Arnold Palmer Turkey - Happy Thanksgiving

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If you happen to be looking for a last minute Turkey recipe, I invented this one in early fall and we'll be using it tomorrow.

It's based on the refreshing cocktail inspired by the legendary golfer. The turkey is steeped in a marinade consisting of unsweetened tea and lemonade plus a couple of herbs and spices.

The Arnold Palmer Turkey

Arnold Palmer Marinade:
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 cups of unsweetened tea
2 cups of lemonade
8 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
8 sprigs fresh rosemary
8 sprigs fresh thyme
2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 (12 to 14 pound) turkey
1½ teaspoons kosher salt
Coarsely ground black pepper

1. Combine all marinade ingredients in disposable aluminum roasting pan, large enough to hold the turkey and to allow the marinade to rise high enough to coat about half the turkey. Rinse turkey well and pat dry. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in marinade. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, or overnight, turning turkey several times to evenly marinate.
2. Preheat oven to 450F.
3. Remove turkey from marinade and place in a roasting pan. Strain marinade, reserving solids and liquid. Stuff solids into the cavity of turkey. Pour liquid around turkey in pan. Roast 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350F and continue roasting, basting turkey every 30 minutes with pan juices, until internal temperature reaches 180F on a meat thermometer, about 15 to 20 minutes per pound. Let turkey stand 10 minutes before carving. It's amazingly delicious.