Three glasses of Arnold Palmer Iced Tea sit side by side on a teal backdrop
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Arnold Palmer Iced Tea

Named after the legendary golfer who invented it, the Arnold Palmer Iced Tea is a refreshing drink. A combination of homemade unsweetened tea and lightly sweetened lemonade, this mocktail sips easy on a hot day. The best part is that when you make the tea and lemonade at home, you can control the sweetness and find your favorite ratio of tea-to-lemonade! Drinking an Arnold Palmer Iced Tea is the perfect way to cool down on a summer's day.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Refrigeration Time12 hrs
Total Time25 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: iced tea, Lemonade, mocktail recipe
Servings: 12 Arnold Palmer Iced Teas
Calories: 18kcal
Author: Julie Evink


Unsweetened Tea

  • 6 cups water , boiling
  • 5 tea bags


  • 1/2 cup lemon juice , freshly squeezed
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Arnold Palmer (Makes 1)

  • 4 oz. unsweetened tea
  • 2 oz. lemonade
  • Crushed or shaved ice


Make the Tea

  • In a medium-to-large saucepan, measure out the water.
  • Bring water to a boil, and take the saucepan off the heat.
  • Add the tea bags.
  • Steep for 2-4 hours (or until the intensity you like your tea.)
  • Refrigerate overnight in a mason jar or a pitcher.

Make the Lemonade

  • In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
  • Add the sugar and stir until there are no visible sugar crystals.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat, and let cool. (This is a rendition of simple syrup that’ll sweeten your lemonade right up!)
  • Using a citrus juicer, juice your lemons.
  • When you have the desired amount of lemon juice, pour it into the saucepan with the simple syrup.
  • Transfer the lemonade to a mason jar, and refrigerate overnight.

Make an Arnold Palmer

  • Use your blender or refrigerator to make crushed ice. (I like mine almost powdery because it’s soooo refreshing. But you can use regular ice cubes, too.)
  • First, pour in the lemonade.
  • Next, pour in the tea.
  • Stir with a spoon or a straw, garnish with a lemon slice (if desired) and enjoy immediately.


This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled! If you're serving it to a crowd, feel free to combine it in a pitcher and call it a day, making sure to continually stir the ingredients so everyone gets the right amount of lemonade and tea.
If you want to spike this, feel free! The most popular rendition is called a John Daly (also after an American golfer) and uses vodka. But honestly, rum would be delicious here, as would champagne if you want some bubbles!


Serving: 1Arnold Palmer Iced Tea | Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 10mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 5mg