Arnold Palmer Drink (Iced Tea and Lemonade)

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A mix of iced tea and lemonade, an Arnold Palmer is a popular summertime drink. My Arnold Palmer drink is made from scratch using cold brew tea.

Arnold Palmer drink in a cup with ice

Arnold Palmer Drink

A drink named after the famous golfer, Arnold Palmer, it’s made of iced tea with lemonade.

  • The original ordered by Arnold Palmer was three parts unsweetened iced tea to one part lemonade.
  • This is made with half homemade lemonade and half cold brew iced tea.
  • Cold brewed tea is milder and less astringent with practically no bitterness, giving this Arnold Palmer a more refined taste than hot brewed tea.
  • Layered with lemonade at the bottom and iced tea on top.
  • It’s perfectly tart and sweet. 

My Black Tea Pick:

Questions You May Have

Is there caffeine in this drink?
Yes, there’s iced tea made with black tea so there is caffeine in this drink.

What’s the trick to layering a drink?
Sugar and ice. The bottom layer needs to have more sugar than the top layer. Ice helps to keep the layers separated as you pour.

Can I make this with green tea instead of black tea?
Yes! Try a basic green tea like this one or this one.

Can I make this with tea bags or tea sachets?
Yes, replace the 1 tablespoon of black tea with 2 tea bags or 2 tea sachets.

Arnold Palmer Drink Tips

  • The lemonade can be made at the same time as the cold brewed iced tea and can be stored in the refrigerator until the tea is ready.
  • I used black tea but cold brewed green tea will work just as well with the lemonade.
  • To make this drink the same way Arnold Palmer ordered it, use three parts iced tea and one part lemonade.
  • To create the layered effect, make sure to add the lemonade first.

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Arnold Palmer drink ingredients

What You’ll Need

Layered Arnold Palmer drink with lemonade and iced tea

How to Make It

There are 2 parts to this drink:

  • Cold brewed tea
  • Lemonade

Make cold brew tea

STEP 1: Put tea and water in a pitcher or glass container.

Combine loose black tea and cool or room temperature water. Use filtered water for a better tasting iced tea.

STEP 2: Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.

(Left photo shows before cold brewing and after.)

Make lemonade

STEP 3: Combine sugar and hot water.

Boil water and stir in sugar until the sugar has completely dissolved. It takes just a couple of minutes.

You can use any sweetener like honey or date syrup as long as it becomes fully diluted in water.

Set aside to cool.

STEP 4: Squeeze lemon and strain.

Just one large lemon is all that it takes for this recipe. If you’re using small lemons, use two.

Squeeze the lemon and strain out the seeds and the pulp of the lemon using a mesh strainer.

STEP 5: Combine lemon juice, simple syrup, and cold water.

Make the lemonade by combining the lemon juice, simple syrup, and cold filtered water. 

I like to store it in these handy tall Weck jars.

Assemble drink

STEP 6: Into a cup, pour in lemonade, add ice, then top with iced tea.

Fill the cup 1/3 with lemonade then add ice.

Pour in the cold brewed tea.

The drink will be layered due to the sweetened lemonade and the ice. The sugar is what helps to create the layered effect.

Stir before drinking.

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Arnold Palmer Drink (Iced Tea and Lemonade)

Author: Jee Choe
Layered Arnold Palmer drink (half lemonade and half iced tea).
4.8 from 16 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Steep Time 12 hrs
Total Time 12 hrs 5 mins
Course Drinks
Yield4 servings

INGREDIENTS
 

Cold Brew Iced Tea

Lemonade

  • 1 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2.5 tablespoons sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

MAKE COLD BREWED TEA

  • Put tea and water in a pitcher or glass container.
    Make sure you use filtered water for a better tasting iced tea.
  • Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.
    You can cold brew for up to 24 hours.

MAKE LEMONADE

  • Combine sugar and hot water.
    Boil water and stir in sugar until the sugar has completely dissolved. It takes just a couple of minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • Squeeze lemon and strain.
    Squeeze one large lemon to get 1/3 cup lemon juice. Strain out the seeds and pulp.
  • Combine lemon juice, simple syrup, and cold water.

ASSEMBLE DRINK

  • Into each cup, pour in lemonade, add ice, then top with iced tea.
    Start with filling the cup 1/3 full with lemonade. Add ice, filling to 2/3 of the way up. Add the cold brewed tea. Stir before drinking.

NOTES

  • The sugar and ice is what makes the layered effect. The bottom layer needs to have more sugar than the top layer. Ice helps to keep the layers separated as you pour.
  • Juice from 1 large lemon should be enough to make 1/3 cup lemon juice.

NUTRITION

Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 21mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 7mg
Keyword cold brew tea, from scratch
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