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person putting a lemon wedge on the rim of an Arnold Palmer drink

Arnold Palmer Drink

  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x


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. Stir together 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the sugar syrup from the heat, pour into a shallow container, and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Halve and juice 5 lemons, then pour the juice through a sieve to catch any seeds.
  4. Pour the cooled syrup into a large jug.  Add the lemon juice and 3 cups of cold water.  Stir until well mixed.

Making the Sweet Tea

  1. Boil the water in a kettle.
  2. Secure the strings of the three bags to the edge of a large pitcher with a clothespin for easy removal.
  3. Pour the boiling water over the bags and let them steep for 5-8 minutes, depending on how strong you like it.
  4. Remove bags and discard.  Stir 2 cups of sugar into the hot tea if you're using it right away; use 1 cup if you're refrigerating it later.  Skip the sugar altogether if you want unsweet.

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 (about 8 ounces), then pour the lemonade on top (about 4 ounces).
  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 paper straws.  Serve immediately.


  • If you don't have clothespins handy, you can tie the tea bags to the handle of the pitcher.
  • A lemon wedge or slice, mint spring, or a colorful paper straw are some other garnish ideas.
  • If you want to big batch this. Brew the tea first then add the lemonade and the lemon slices to a pitcher.  Keep the ratio 75% tea, 25% lemonade.
  • Want this more lemony?  Float lemon slices floating in the pitcher.
  • Serving a large crowd?  Set out two pitchers: one of tea and the other of lemonade then set out your garnishes.  Let your guests mix their own drinks.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Boiled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: iced tea, sweet tea, lemonade