Arnold Palmer Drink (Iced Tea and Lemonade)

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

Layered Arnold Palmer drink

Arnold Palmer Drink

The Arnold Palmer drink is named after the famous golfer, Arnold Palmer. It’s a drink he would order made of iced tea with lemonade.

The order he would get was three parts unsweetened iced tea to one part lemonade but it’s also made with half lemonade and half iced tea. 

  • What makes my recipe so good is that I’m making it with cold brew iced tea.
  • Cold brewed tea is milder and less astringent with practically no bitterness. This gives this Arnold Palmer a more refined taste than hot brewed tea.
  • It’s layered with lemonade at the bottom and iced tea on top.
  • It’s perfectly tart and sweet. 

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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.

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Arnold Palmer Drink Recipe 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 

Arnold Palmer drink

How to Make It

There are 2 parts to this drink:

  • Cold brewed tea
  • Lemonade

Ok, so this seems super simple and it is, but there is a BUT: the first part about the cold brewed tea? That part takes 12 hours. I know, I know.

Are you still with me? If you are, let’s get started.

Cold brewed tea

Make Cold Brew Tea

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

First step with my version of an Arnold Palmer drink is cold brewing tea.

Combine 1 tablespoon of loose black tea into 2 cups of cool or room temperature water. Make sure you use filtered water for a better tasting iced tea.

I used Assam black tea but you can use any black tea you prefer. Other great options are Earl Grey, English Breakfast, and Orange Pekoe.

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

You can cold brew for up to 24 hours.

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Arnold Palmer simple syrup

Make Lemonade

STEP 3: Combine sugar and hot water.

The next step is the simple syrup. You can make this in advance and keep it in the refrigerator.

Simple syrup is just sugar 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 gets fully diluted in water.

Set aside to cool.

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Arnold Palmer lemonade ingredients

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 to get 1/3 cup of lemon juice. I like to strain out the seeds and the pulp of the lemon using a mesh strainer.

Arnold Palmer drink recipe

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.

Arnold Palmer drink

Assemble Drink

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

Time to make the drinks! This recipe makes about four cups of half lemonade and half cold brewed tea.

I’m using these adorable short Weck jars to serve the drinks.

Start with filling the cup 1/3 full with lemonade. Add ice, filling to 2/3 of the way up.

How to make an Arnold Palmer drink

Add 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.

When ready to drink, make sure to stir the lemonade and the iced tea together.

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Arnold Palmer drink recipe

Arnold Palmer Drink (Iced Tea and Lemonade)

Arnold Palmer Drink (Iced Tea and Lemonade)

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Layered Arnold Palmer drink (half lemonade and half iced tea).

Ingredients

Cold Brew Iced Tea

Lemonade

  • 1 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice (juice from 1 large lemon)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. Cover pitcher and put in refrigerator for at least 12 hours.
    You can cold brew for up to 24 hours.
  3. 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.
  4. Squeeze lemon and strain.
    Squeeze one large lemon to get 1/3 cup lemon juice. Strain out the seeds and pulp.
  5. Combine lemon juice, simple syrup, and cold water.
  6. ASSEMBLE DRINK:
    Into a 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.

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