How To Make An Arnold Palmer

by Raksha Hegde last updated -

Take two delicious summer drinks – lemonade and iced tea – and serve it in a tall Collins glass on a hot day with several ice cubes. You have got the perfect pick-me-up to stay cool as the temperature rises! So, why is this drink called an Arnold Palmer and how do you make it? Let’s find out.

What is an Arnold Palmer?

An Arnold Palmer is a refreshing drink that is 1 part lemonade and 3 parts unsweetened iced tea, named after one of the most charismatic and successful American golfers. As a pro golfer, Palmer was the first to win the Masters four times, with 60 total PGA wins between 1954 and 1975. He was also one of the superstars of golf’s television era which began in the 1950s.

The story goes that in the late 1960s, Palmer would often request this drink combination on his golf tours and he did the same on a hot summer day after designing a golf course in Palm Springs, California. A lady on the next table overheard the drink request and said, “I’ll have that Arnold Palmer drink.”. And that’s how a bit of American beverage pop culture was born. It has since been trademarked and sold packaged and bottled too. [1]

Homemade iced tea with mint and lemon or Arnold Palmer drink

Arnold Palmer is the perfect summer pick-me-up. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Arnold Palmer Recipe

This beverage can be served during summer barbeque parties or of course, golfing events. While it is easy to use packaged lemonade and iced tea, an Arnold Palmer drink can be made from scratch too. The original recipe calls for unsweetened iced tea. Let’s take a look at how to assemble the perfect Arnie Palmer.

Arnold palmer cocktail with sweet tea and lemonade

Arnold Palmer Made From Scratch Recipe

A wonderful, refreshing drink named after the legendary golfer, Arnold Palmer
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Course: Beverage, Tea, Mocktail, Summer Drink
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Arnold Palmer
Appliance: Saucepan, Collins Glass
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Steeping Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Raksha Hegde


Cold Brew Iced Tea

  • 1.5 tbsp loose black tea
  • 2 cups water filtered



Cold Brew Iced Tea

  • For cold brew tea, take 2 cups of room temperature water. Add loose black tea of your choice. Assam black tea and Earl Grey work well, though you can use any black tea of your choice. 
  • Leave it on your kitchen counter for about 30 minutes. Then, keep it in the refrigerator for about 8 hours for a refreshing cold brew tea. 


  • To make the sugar syrup, first, take 1/2 cup of water and the sugar in a small saucepan. Heat it to a simmer and cook until the sugar is completely dissolved. It should take 2-3 minutes.
  • Mix the rest of the water with fresh lemon juice. Add sugar syrup according to your taste.

Assembling the Arnold Palmer

  • Take a Collins glass or a high ball or a fancy glass of your choice. Pour the lemonade till you hit the 1/3 mark. Add ice cubes to the top of the glass. Pour the cold brew tea slowly to the top. Your Arnold Palmer is ready!


While this drink is fairly simple, you can serve it with lemon slices and mint. Variations include:

  • You can use flavored iced tea like peach iced tea.
  • You can use pink lemonade instead of the simple one.
  • For an alcoholic version, add a shot of vodka.
  • You can also make it half part lemonade and half part iced tea – this version is called a Half & Half.

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About the Author

Raksha Hegde is the content director at Organic Facts and helps oversee a team of brilliant, dynamic content writers. She completed her MS in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, US. A former business news journalist and editor, Raksha followed her passion for wellness to become a certified Yoga teacher and a wellness festival curator. She believes that learning is a life-long process; she did a certificate e-course on “Introduction to Food and Health” in 2019 from Stanford University, US. 

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