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Glass with crushed ice and arnold palmer in it with a blue polka a dot straw
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Arnold Palmer Drink

A combination of homemade unsweetened tea and lightly sweetened lemonade, this mocktail sips easy on a hot day. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Refrigeration Time12 hrs
Total Time25 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Arnold Palmer Iced Teas
Calories: 21kcal
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’re not feeling it from scratch, you can certainly pick up some store-bought ingredients to mix it up! Pro tip: Make sure to get real lemonade and your favorite unsweetened tea to make it taste as delicious as possible.
  • Crushed ice is what makes this so pretty and amazing. Grab a blender and crush until almost powdery. If you don't want to do this just use regular ice cubes!
  • The layering trick is achieved by first pouring the lemonade in the glass and then the iced tea. The sugar in the bottom layer along with the ice helps keeps the layers separated as you pour.
  • Mix up your flavors by using different flavors of tea like raspberry, green tea etc.
  • Make an adult version by spiking it with vodka. Did you know they have a sweet tea vodka?


Serving: 1Arnold Palmer Iced Tea | Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 5mg