Arnold Palmer Drink

Do you enjoy drinking an Arnold Palmer on a hot day?  This recipe is easy, refreshing, and non alcoholic.  The legendary golfer is credited with making this drink famous in America.  Apparently, he created it at home while his wife was making sweet tea.  He poured hot sweet tea over ice, then topped it off with lemonade–making a 75% sweet tea, 25% lemonade ratio.  He frequently drank it while golfing, since he found it so refreshing.

person pouring a glass of Arnold Palmer

Southern-style sweet tea along with tart homemade lemonade will get you the best results for a perfect Arnold Palmer.  It’s a fun beverage to serve kids of all ages when you are entertaining or just relaxing at home.  Make up a pitcher full and enjoy the tangy lemon flavor.  This beverage is so addicting!

person holding a glass of Arnold Palmer

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Arnold Palmer Drink

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings


An Arnold Palmer drink is easy, refreshing, and non alcoholic.  Southern style freshly brewed sweet tea topped with homemade tart lemonade is the best way to enjoy this summer classic.  It’s great for entertaining!  Make it fun and picture perfect by adding lemon slices and a cute paper straw.


For the Lemonade

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice (from 5 lemons)
  • 3 cups cold water

For the Sweet Tea

  • 3 family-size black tea bags
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar

For Garnishing Each Glass

  • 3 lemon slices, cut in half
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 1-2 mint leaves
  • 1-2 straws


Making the Lemonade

  1. In a small saucepan, stir together 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of sugar over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, roughly 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the sugar syrup from the heat, and pour into a 8 ounce glass.  Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Halve and juice 5 lemons.
  4. Pour the cooled syrup into a large jug.  Add the lemon juice, and 3 cups of cold, filtered water.  Stir until well mixed.

Making the Sweet Tea

  1. Boil the filtered water in a kettle.
  2. Secure the strings of the three tea bags to the edge of a large pitcher with a clothespin for easy removal.
  3. Pour the boiling water over the tea bags and let them steep for 8 minutes to make strong tea.
  4. Remove tea bags and discard.  Stir in sugar; taste and adjust if necessary.

Making the Arnold Palmer

  1. Fill an 16-ounce highball glass almost halfway with ice (roughly 8 large ice cubes).
  2. Rinse and thinly slice a lemon, then cut each slice in half.  Remove any seeds.  Put 4 lemon slices in the glass.
  3. Pour in the hot sweet tea until the glass is 3/4 full (roughly 1 cup), then pour the lemonade on top (roughly 1/2 cup).
  4. Stir gently with a long-handled spoon, then garnish with a half of a lemon slice on the rim.  Add a mint leaf and one or two fun paper straws.  Serve immediately.


  • Traditionally, an Arnold Palmer is based on the ratio of 75% sweet tea, 25% lemonade, but over time it has evolved into a 50/50 ratio.  Use you own ratio to adjust it to your tastes.  Adding more lemon slices can also increase the lemon flavor.
  • If you are making a large pitcher, pour in the sweet tea, then the lemonade.  Stir, then add multiple lemon slices to make it look pretty and add more lemon flavor.
  • The longer the pitcher sits, the more lemony it will taste due to the lemon slices.


  • Serving Size: 16 oz glass

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