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A sweet, refreshing, non-alcoholic drink, Scratch-made Arnold Palmer Drink, is as legendary as the golfer himself! It’s popular during hot weather at outdoor parties, barbecues, and golfing events.

Arnold Palmer Drink

Also try elderberry tea and strawberry tea!

Scratch-made Arnold Palmer Drink

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As a pro golfer, Arnold Palmer is legendary, having been the first to win the Masters four times, with 60 total PGA wins between 1954 and 1975. And, he made famous the Arnold Palmer beverage which is a non-alcoholic drink of sweet tea and lemonade.

The common belief is it consists of equal parts of the ice sweet tea and lemonade. However, in the video below he asks for 1/3 part lemonade in his iced sweet tea. In another video I found, he refuses to give the ratios.

Appropriate for a drink designed by a golfer for outdoor summertime activity, an Arnold Palmer is high in calories, sugar, sodium and carbohydrates with a little protein and almost no fat. This, some have found, makes for a perfect recipe for energy and electrolyte recovery during the heat and humidity of summer.

I think whatever ratio you find pleasing is how you should drink it. For my taste, I like a 2:1 ration iced sweet tea to lemonade over ice of course.

Scratch-made Arnold Palmer Drink

As well, some people call an Arnold Palmer with alcohol a Drunk Arnold Palmer or Arnold Palmer Spiked. However, an Arnold Palmer with alcohol is actually a John Daly. (Come back tomorrow for that recipe!)

To serve the Arnold Palmer classically, serve it in a tall glass like a Collins’ or highball glass over ice with a lemon wedge.

Since this is a mocktail, it’s safe to serve to children. However, don’t forget tea has caffeine so use decaf or monitor children’s’ consumption.

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary based on products used.


Arnold Palmer Drink

Scratch-made Arnold Palmer Drink

A sweet, refreshing, non-alcoholic drink, Scratch-made Arnold Palmer Drink, is popular during hot weather at outdoor parties, barbecues, and golfing events. 
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
chill: 1 hour
Servings: 4 servings
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For the Tea

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 gallon water
  • 3 family size tea bags
  • 3 cups cold water

For the Lemonade

  • 3 – 4 large lemons
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cups cold water


For the Tea

  • Pour the sugar into a large pitcher. Bring 1/gallon water to a boil in a large pan. When the water begins to boil, remove from the heat, and place the tea bags in. Let steep for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Remove tea bags and pour tea into the pitcher. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add 2 to 3 cups of ice or water depending on how diluted you want it. Refrigerate to chill.

For the Lemonade

  • Firmly roll the lemons between your hand and counter top before cutting in half and juicing. Juice the lemons to make 1/2 cup of juice.
  • In a large pitcher combine 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup sugar, and 3 cups cold water. Stir. Adjust sugar to taste. Chill in the refrigerator.

For the Arnold Palmer

  • Add ice to a tall glass. Fill 2/3 full with sweet tea. Fill rest of the way with lemonade. Stir. Garnish with lemon wedge. 


Serving: 4g | Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Sodium: 24mg | Sugar: 74g | Calcium: 14mg
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  1. Do you have any good drink recipes using Kahlua? I’m always looking for ways to use my gift bottles of the stuff. It’s OOOOhhhh so good!!

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