Spiked Arnold Palmer Recipe


Add bourbon to this summer drink for an alcoholic version of the classic Arnold Palmer.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Steep Time:
5 mins
Chill Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
10 cups

When you can't take the summer heat any longer, it's easy to turn to a cocktail by the pool. While Southerners swoon over the classic tea-and-lemonade combination of an Arnold Palmer, we've upgraded the beloved drink with a little bit of bourbon. This summer sipper is perfect for a party, because it makes about 10 servings with each batch. We steeped tea bags with sugar and lemon zest to really capture that lemon flavor of an Arnold Palmer, and then added fresh lemon juice and a healthy dose of bourbon for a tangy kick. You can even make this drink a day ahead – simply follow the recipe as directed but leaving out the ice and extra garnish slices; stir in lemons and ice cubes when you're ready to serve.

Spiked Arnold Palmer
Southern Living


  • 4 cups boiling water

  • 5 regular-size tea bags

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 4 cups cold water

  • 1 cup bourbon

  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

  • Lemon slices, for garnish


  1. Pour boiling water over tea bags, sugar, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Stir until sugar is dissolved; cover and steep 5 minutes.

  2. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large pitcher, discarding tea bags and zest. Stir in 4 cups cold water and next 2 ingredients. Cover and chill 30 minutes to 12 hours. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

  3. NOTE: To make this tea a day ahead, follow recipe as directed, omitting ice and garnish. Store in the refrigerator in a pitcher. When you are ready to serve, stir in ice cubes and lemon slices.

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