After a long day on the course, you need a real thirst quencher, such as this Arnold Palmer drink! This drink is a classic thirst-quenching marriage between two summertime favorites, tea and lemonade. This tea can be enjoyed just as is, or add some spirits to make it an adult beverage.

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What is an Arnold Palmer drink?

An Arnold Palmer is a combination of tea and lemonade. There are many alcoholic versions but the classic was nonalcoholic.

History of the drink

Arnold Palmer tells us it was really just by accident that he created this drink he is now famous for.

“My wife made a lot of iced tea for lunch, and I said, ‘Hey, babe, I’ve got an idea. You make the iced tea and make a big pitcher, and we’ll just put a little lemonade in it and see how that works.’ We mixed it up, and I got the solution about where I wanted it and I put the lemonade in it. I had it for lunch after working on the golf course. I thought, ‘Boy, this is great, babe. I’m going to take it when I play golf. I’m going to take a thermos of iced tea and lemonade.’ ”

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What kind of tea to use?

Classic black tea is a standard, however I like Orange Pekoe because it is smooth and goes well with lemonade.

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How to sweeten

Create a simple syrup to sweeten the drink

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water

Combine the sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil stirring to dissolve the sugar. Combine with tea after it is brewed.

How to make a big batch for a party

When hosting a party you will need to figure as follows:

  • Arnold Palmer tea drink = 2 gallons of tea per 25 guest
  • Boozy Arnold Palmer = 1 1/2 drinks per guest each hour

Make your tea and lemonade the day of the party. Tea, especially sweetened tea is best consumed the day it is made.

How to serve

Serve your Arnold Palmer Iced tea lemonade in a tall glass with plenty of ice. You can add a wedge of lemon to the side of the glass. A sprig of mint is also a festive ad in to each glass.

How to make a boozy Arnold Palmer drink

A Boozy Arnold Palmer is light and refreshing, but be careful it goes down really smooth and easy.

  • 1/2 cup sweet tea
  • 1/2 cup lemonade
  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka

Stir well and serve over ice.

A southern twist try a Peachy Arnold Palmer.

  • 1 cup sweet tea
  • 1/3 cup lemonade
  • 1 ounce bourbon
  • ½ ounce peach liqueur
  • ½ of 1 peach- sliced

Mix liquids in a tall glass and stir well. Add peach slices and ice. Serve with a slice of peach of the side of the glass.

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Arnold Palmer Drink

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 5 cups
Arnold Palmer drink is a classic thirst quenching marriage between two summertime favorites, tea and lemonade.

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.


  • 3 cups tea, freshly brewed black tea or Orange Pekoe
  • 1 cup lemonade, homemade or store bought
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water


  • Combine freshly brewed tea and lemonade
  • Combine the sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil stirring to dissolve the sugar. Allow to cool then combine with tea and lemonade.
  • Serve chilled over ice.
Serving: 1cup, Calories: 180kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 10mg, Potassium: 53mg, Sugar: 46g, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 1mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Drinks
Author: Gina Dickson
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