The Arnold Palmer, the quintessential summertime beverage, is a delightful mixed drink composed with iced tea and lemonade that is served chilled. This simple cocktail was one of Arnold Palmer’s favorite cocktails, and it was named after him after it was created by him and afterwards named after him. Served at bars and restaurants since the 1960s, it is remarkably simple to make at home and is a favorite of many people.
The Arnold Palmer is sometimes misunderstood to be a blend of equal parts tea and lemonade, however that was not the case when Palmer created it. The 1:1 blend, sometimes known as a “half and half” or an Arnie Palmer, is delicious, but if you try it as a three-part drink (as in this recipe), you will be pleasantly pleased by the results. A robust tea taste with a sweet-tart lemonade backdrop is achieved with a 2:1 tea/lemonade blend.
There are other ways to customize and personalize the Arnold Palmer to your preferences as well. This is a great cocktail to experiment with and enjoy with family and friends. Use fresh-made ingredients, add more flavor, or spike it with booze to make it your own.
FOR THE LEMONADE
- 3 c. water, divided
- 3/4 c. granulated sugar
- Juice of 6 large lemons (about 3/4 cup)
FOR THE TEA
- 4 c. water
- 1/3 c. honey
- 5 black tea bags
- Lemon wedges
Lemonade: In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring 1 cup water and sugar to a boil, stirring constantly, until sugar is completely dissolved. Allow 2 minutes for the water to boil. Allow for cooling to reach room temperature.
- Combine the simple syrup, the remaining 2 cups water, and the lemon juice in a mixing bowl.
- To make tea, heat water in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Stir in the honey until it is completely dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and add the tea bags. Allow for 5 minutes of steeping. Allow for cooling to reach room temperature.
- Combine the lemonade and the tea in a big pitcher. Pour the mixture into glasses filled with ice and decorate with mint leaves and lemon wedges.