How to Make an Arnold Palmer
Wondering how to make an Arnold Palmer? This classic Arnold Palmer Iced Tea can be made both spiked or virgin. Named after the legendary golfer, an Arnold Palmer drink is perfect for sipping after a round of golf, or anytime you want to cool off on a hot day!
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Arnold Palmer Iced Tea – the perfect Summertime Drink!
If you love iced tea and lemonade then you’re likely an Arnold Palmer drink person. Whatever you might call it – a “half and half” or an “Arnold Palmer Iced Tea“, this drink is amazing, especially if you love a sweet iced tea with lots of lemon freshness!
Wonderful on a hot day, or whenever you’re looking to quench your thirst, this drink is great to have on hand all summer long!
Why is lemonade and iced tea called Arnold Palmer?
Do you know how the Arnold Palmer drink got its name? In 1960 when the pro-golfer was competing in the US Open at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, CO, Mr. Palmer walked up to the bar, and ordered a half lemonade, half iced tea, which he loved to drink at home.
Shortly, a woman in the bar overheard Mr. Palmer’s drink order and specifically asked for a “Palmer,” wanting the half iced tea, half lemonade drink.
Immediately, the drink name stuck, Arnold Palmer went on to golf greatness, and ever since then a “half and half” is now known as an “Arnold Palmer.”
How do you make an Arnold Palmer from scratch?
Forget the powdered mix or canned stuff, making a pitcher of Arnold Palmer is simple with just a few fresh ingredients.
For the lemonade portion, you’ll need lemon juice (fresh or bottled), sugar and water. For the tea portion, all you need is a few tea bags, and water.
Add fresh lemon slices and some sprigs of mint for a gorgeous summertime drink! If spiking this drink, you can choose from sweet tea vodka or bourbon.
What is Arnold Palmer spiked with?
Either sweet tea vodka or bourbon (one, 1 oz. shot of either per glass.)
If you love a refreshing summertime drink, check out some of my other cold drink recipes to wet your whistle:
- Starbucks Pink Drink Recipe
- Raspberry Mint Iced Tea
- Watermelon Coconut Rum Punch
- Frosted Lemonade
- Ginger Peach Iced Tea
- Frozen Raspberry Peach Bellini
- Ginger Peach Moscow Mule
- Lemon Raspberry Mimosas
- Pina Colada Champagne Punch
- Apple Cider Shandy at Real Housemom’s
Here’s the easy recipe for how to make an Arnold Palmer:
- [b]Iced Tea portion:[/b]
- 3-4 black tea bags,
- 4 c. water, divided
- [b]Lemonade portion:[/b]
- 3/4 c. lemon juice
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 3 1/4 c. cold water
- 1 oz. sweet tea vodka or bourbon, per glass
- In a microwave safe glass measuring cup or bowl, add 2 c. of water with 3-4 black tea bags. Microwave for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and let tea steep for about 5-10 minutes. Remove tea bags, pour tea concentrate into a pitcher and add 2 more cups of cold water. Stir.
- In a separate container, like a large glass measuring cup, combine lemon juice, sugar and 3 1/4 c. cold water. Stir to dilute sugar. Pour into pitcher with ice tea mixture and stir to combine. Chill. When ready to serve, pour into glasses over ice. Keep refrigerated.
For a sweeter tea, increase sugar to 3/4 cup. For a more tart, less sweet tea, reduce sugar to 1/3 - 1/4 cup of sugar. Adjust to your taste preference.
For a spiked version: Add either Sweet Tea flavored vodka or Bourbon (one 1 oz. shot of either), per glass.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 8 drinks
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Sodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 14gSugar: 13g
I hope you get the chance to kick up your heels, pull up a comfortable lawn chair and cool off with this delicious Arnold Palmer drink! Enjoy! ~Erin