The Arnold Palmer drink provides a classic example of how culinary experimentation can produce successful results. This pairing of iced tea and lemonade was created by golfing legend Arnold Palmer, who suggested the combination to his wife. The Arnold Palmer is sometimes called a half-and-half, implying equal parts lemonade and iced tea, but the creator himself insists that tea should dominate the beverage to make it a true Arnold Palmer. You can make a single serving Arnold Palmer in a tall glass or mix it in a pitcher for serving a group.

Things You'll Need

Fill a Collins or highball glass at least three-fourths full of whole ice cubes or crushed ice. Both are tall, slender glasses, but a Collins glass holds up to 16 ounces while a highball glass has a capacity of 10 to 12 ounces. To make a large batch, add the ice to a beverage pitcher.

Fill the glass or pitcher three-fourths full of your choice of prepared iced tea. Use as little as one-half iced tea if you prefer. The standard Arnold Palmer is made with sweet tea, but you can use unsweetened iced tea or tea sweetened with low-calorie sweeteners. Instead of sweet tea made with the standard orange pekoe and black tea, you can also substitute green tea or a green and black tea blend.

Fill the glass the rest of the way with lemonade, either fresh or bottled.

Stir the contents for about 30 seconds with a spoon or stirring rod to mix and cool the ingredients.

Hook a slit lemon wedge to the side of the glass to garnish; add sliced lemons to garnish a pitcher of Arnold Palmers.


Tips

  • A sprig of mint adds freshness to the drink and works especially because mint evokes summertime. For extra fruit flavor, add a squirt of strawberry, raspberry or blackberry syrup, or muddle some fresh berries in the bottom of the glass.

  • Arnold Palmers are non-alcoholic beverages sometimes called “mocktails” in the same league as a Shirley Temple drink, but there’s no hard-and-fast rule that says you can’t indulge by adding 1 to 2 ounces of bourbon or other alcohol to punch up your drink.