Arnold Palmer Drink (also referred to as Arnold Palmer Iced Tea and Sweet Tea) is a simple blend of iced tea and lemonade.  It’s delicious and refreshing, and it makes a fun non-alcoholic drink to serve during warm summer months!

classes of Arnold Palmer Drink

This Arnold Palmer Iced Tea recipe is a quick and easy one to make, especially if you already have fresh squeezed lemonade on hand.

glasses filled with lemonade for Arnold Palmer Iced Tea

The first time I ever had an Arnold Palmer Iced Tea was years ago when I had  lunch with a co-worker.  He ordered an Arnold Palmer drink…I said I’d have the same (thinking I give something new a try), and I’ve been hooked ever since.  Even if I go to a restaurant with self-serve drinks, I’ll fill my glass with iced tea (preferable green tea) then a splash of lemonade.  It’s so good!!

Arnold Palmer Recipe

You only need a few simple ingredients to make this Arnold Palmer Iced Tea.

  • Black tea bags (like Lipton)
  • Boiling water
  • Fresh squeezed lemonade (this is my fresh squeezed lemonade made with honey recipe)
  • Ice
  • Lemon slices and fresh mint for garnish

How to Make Arnold Palmer Iced Tea

If you’ve ever wondered how to make sweet tea (a southern classic) it couldn’t be more simple, and if you already have homemade lemonade ready – even better.

  • Lemonade:  Fill glass 1/2 full (or 1/2 cup) with lemonade.
  • Iced Tea:  Fill the glass 1/2 full (or 1/2 cup) with iced tea.
  • Ice:  Add ice and enjoy. 
  • Garnish:  Add lemon slices and mint leaves (optional).

Variations

  • If you don’t have homemade lemonade on hand, you can use a store bought lemonade like Simply Lemonade or Newmans Own, etc (found in the refrigerated section at the market).
  • Use green tea, decaffeinated tea, or your favorite tea instead of black tea.
  • Personally, I prefer a 75/25 ratio mix.  Fill the glass 3/4 full of iced tea and 1/4 full of lemonade.  Less sugar.  Less sweet.  But still refreshing and tasty! 

What is an Arnold Palmer

Why the heck is this drink called an “Arnold Palmer”?  An “Arnold Palmer” is a non-alcoholic drink that’s named after a famous pro golfer (Arnold Palmer).  He used to order a mixture of iced tea with lemonade at golf clubs, so due to his fame this refreshing concoction was named after him. 

When I was in Franklin, Tennessee a couple of years ago, I ordered an iced tea with lemonade, and the waitress said, “you mean a sweet tea?”.  But if you order the same thing here in California, the waitress will say, “you mean an Arnold Palmer?”.   

glasses filled with Arnold Palmer Iced Tea drink

How to Make Iced Tea

When I was growing up my best friend’s mom made a pitcher of Lipton ice tea every morning to drink throughout the day.  Every time I make a pitcher of iced tea to use for Arnold Palmers, I think of her.  When I make Arnold Palmers at home, I’ll either use green tea, or Lipton ice tea for its classic taste.

  • Boil water:  Fill tea kettle or pot with cold water and heat to a simmer just before boiling then remove from heat.
  • Tea bags:  Add tea bags to hot water.  
  • Discard tea bags: Remove tea bags from tea and discard.
  • Refrigerate:  After steeped tea has cooled, pour into a glass pitcher and refrigerate before serving.
  • Serve:  Serve chilled iced tea over ice and enjoy.  Rather than serving over plain water ice cubes, try these Arnold Palmer Ice Cubes instead.

How Long to Steep Tea

How long you steep tea really depends on how strong you like your tea. 

  • Loose leaf tea:  steep for 2 – 4 minutes
  • Tea bag: steep for 1 – 3 minutes
  • Don’t steep for too long or the tea can become bitter
  • If tea is too strong, dilute with water

pitcher filled iced tea drinks

Caffeine in Iced Tea

How much caffeine in iced tea?  Well, it depends on the  type of tea you’re using.

  • One 8-ounce glass of brewed black tea contains about 47 mg of caffeine
  • An 8-ounce glass  of brewed black decaf tea contains about 2 mg of caffeine
  • And one 8-ounce glass of brewed green tea contains about 28 mg of caffeine

Note:  Just for comparison sake: 8 ounces of brewed coffee contains about 96 mg of caffeine.

glasses filled with lemonade and tea

Iced Tea Drinks

If you love this sweet tea recipe, here are a few more healthy tea recipes to quench your thirst!

 

glasses filled with lemonade and tea
Yield: 8 servings

Arnold Palmer Drink

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Arnold Palmer Drink (also referred to as Arnold Palmer Iced Tea and Sweet Tea) is a simple blend of iced tea and lemonade.  It's delicious and refreshing, and it makes a fun non-alcoholic drink to serve during warm summer months!

Ingredients

For the Iced Tea

  • 8 cups water
  • 6-8 tea bags (or more depending on how strong you like your tea)

For the Lemonade

  • 8 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 cup raw honey

Instructions

For the Iced Tea

  1. Bring pot of water to boil
  2. Remove from heat and add tea bags.
  3. Steep for 1-3 minutes
  4. Remove tea bags
  5. Allow to cool at room temperature, then pour into glass pitcher and refrigerate

For the Lemonade

  1. Combine 1 cup water with honey in a blender, and pulse to combine and dissolve the honey in the water.
  2. Juice lemons, removing the seeds.
  3. Pour the lemon juice with pulp in a large glass pitcher.
  4. Stir in the honey syrup and 7 cups water.
  5. Chill in refrigerator before serving.

Assemble

  1. Fill glass 1/2 full (or 1 cup) with lemonade.
  2. Fill the glass 1/2 full (or 1 cup) with iced tea.
  3. Add ice and enjoy. 
  4. Add lemon slices and mint leaves (optional).

Notes

  • If you don't have homemade lemonade on hand, you can use a store bought lemonade like Simply Lemonade or Newmans Own, etc (found in the refrigerated section at the market).
  • Use green tea, decaffeinated tea, or your favorite tea instead of black tea.
  • Personally, I prefer a 75/25 ratio mix.  Fill the glass 3/4 full of iced tea and 1/4 full of lemonade.  Or 3/4 cup iced tea and 1/4 cup lemonade.  Less sugar.  Less sweet.  But still refreshing and tasty! 
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    8

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 0gSugar: 71gProtein: 0g

    theharvestkitchen.com attempts to provide accurate information, however, this nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. The nutritional information provided comes from online sources and calculations.