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Classic Arnold Palmer Drink

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The Arnold Palmer Cocktail is a delicious and refreshing blend of tea and lemonade. This classic combination has been around since the 1960s when legendary golfer Arnold Palmer asked for it at a restaurant while in Palm Springs, California, after a long day of designing a golf course. Since then, this iconic drink has become an international favorite.

Glass filled with ice, lemonade, unsweetened tea, and bourbon and topped with a lemon wedge.

This recipe is for adults ages 21+. Always drink responsibly and do not drink and drive.

The classic drink is a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage to enjoy anytime.

For an adult take on the drink, try adding a splash of bourbon to the mix. The combination of the sweet tea and tart lemonade with the smoky, oaky notes of bourbon makes for an adult beverage that is sure to please.

No matter how you decide to enjoy your Arnold Palmer drink, it’s sure to be a hit! Whether you’re enjoying it poolside, tailgating at a game, or spending time with friends and family, this adult beverage is the perfect way to get your day started. So grab yourself a glass and get ready for a delicious Arnold Palmer drink.

Always drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive or operate heavy machinery. If you are under the age of 21, enjoy the classic version without any alcohol.

Prep Time: 2 Minutes

Serves: 1

This is the REAL Arnold Palmer cocktail with a refreshing hint of lemonade and tea, with a slight bite from the bourbon whiskey.

📝 Ingredients

  • 4 Ounces Unsweetened Tea
  • 4 Ounces Lemonade
  • 2 Ounces Bourbon Whiskey
  • Lemon slices
  • Ice
A bottle of Jack Daniel's Whiskey and a glass of lemonade and a glass of unsweetened tea.

👩🏻‍🍳 Directions

Mason jar filled with ice.

Fill a tall glass halfway with ice.

Lemonade being poured into a Mason jar.

Pour lemonade over ice.

Bourbon being poured into a Mason jar.

Add bourbon.

Tea being poured into a Mason jar.

Add tea.

Glass filled with lemonade, tea, whiskey, and garnished with a lemon slice.

Garnish with lemon wedges.

📌 Tips

  • If you prefer a sweeter drink, you’ll want to use sweet tea instead.
  • You can shake all of the ingredients in a shaker before pouring into your glass. This gets it really cold really fast.
  • You can always combine the ingredients in a separate glass and then pour it over ice if desired.

🤷🏻‍♀️ Questions

Questions about the Arnold Palmer Drink:

What is the classic version of the Arnold Palmer drink?

The classic version of the Arnold Palmer drink is a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage made with equal parts unsweetened tea and lemonade.

Does lemonade or tea go in first in an Arnold Palmer?

The order of ingredients in an Arnold Palmer drink does not matter. You can pour the tea and lemonade in any order you prefer. 

Glass filled with ice, lemonade, unsweetened tea, and bourbon and topped with a lemon wedge.

Arnold Palmer Cocktail

This refreshing cocktail is made with lemonade, tea, and a little bit of bourbon whiskey.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 190kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces unsweetened tea
  • 4 ounces lemonade
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • ice

Instructions

  • Fill cup about halfway with ice.
  • Pour lemonade, whiskey, and tea over ice.
  • Stir. Garnish with lemon wedges.

Notes

  • If you prefer a sweeter drink, you’ll want to use sweet tea instead.
  • You can shake all of the ingredients in a shaker before pouring into your glass. This gets it really cold really fast.
  • You can always combine the ingredients in a separate glass and then pour it over ice if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 43mg | Sugar: 13g | Iron: 0.04mg
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