Big-Batch Spiked Arnold Palmers

The Arnold Palmer is a refreshing non-alcoholic mixed drink that mixes two great beverages sweet tea and lemonade. This simple mocktail that bears his name was created by the golfing legend, Arnold Palmer. The mix of tea and lemonade is a perfect match and it is so easy to prepare. While it is simple, there are many ways to improve on it, as well, and we couldn't resist tweaking an already good thing. As delicious and refreshing as the Arnold Palmer is, we "southernized" it a bit with the addition of bourbon. To make this big batch party cocktail, start by making a pitcher of unsweetened tea – (yes, readers, leave out the sugar). Add four cups of bottled lemonade, the bourbon, and simple syrup. Stir together and refrigerate until ready to serve. Pour over ice and garnish with lemon wedges and mint sprigs. This spiked Arnold Palmer is an ideal summer beverage to serve at brunches, porch parties, or bar-b-ques. Remember – to make this an alcohol-free cocktail, simply leave out the bourbon.

Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
13 cups


  • 6 cups prepared unsweetened tea

  • 4 cups bottled lemonade

  • 2 1/4 cups (18 oz.) bourbon

  • 2/3 cup simple syrup

  • 3 medium lemons, thinly sliced (about 24 slices)

  • 12 mint sprigs, for garnish


  1. Stir together tea, lemonade, bourbon, and simple syrup in a large bowl or pitcher. Add lemon slices; refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours or up to 24. Serve over ice, and garnish with mint sprigs and lemon slices.

    Big-Batch Spiked Arnold Palmers
    Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall
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