Ultimate Arnold Palmer Recipe: Perfect Blend of Iced Tea and Lemonade

Ultimate Arnold Palmer Recipe: Perfect Blend of Iced Tea and Lemonade

Discover the secret to creating the most refreshing and flavorful Arnold Palmer you’ve ever tasted. This recipe combines bold, rich tea with tangy, fresh lemonade for a drink that’s sure to quench your thirst on hot summer days.

Say goodbye to disappointing Arnold Palmers made with instant powders or bitter tea. Our method uses cold-brewed tea and a special lemon syrup to create a drink that’s bursting with authentic flavors. Get ready to experience the Arnold Palmer of your dreams!

The Magic of Cold-Brewed Tea

The first key to our perfect Arnold Palmer is the iced tea. Cold brewing brings out the smooth, rich flavors of the tea without any bitterness or astringency. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Add 4 tea bags or 1 tablespoon of loose tea to a quart of water in a large jar.
  2. Refrigerate for 5 hours.
  3. Remove the tea bags or strain out the loose tea.
  4. Your cold-brewed tea is ready to use or can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

The Secret to Flavor-Packed Lemonade

Our lemonade isn’t your average mix of lemon juice, water, and sugar. We use a special technique to extract maximum flavor:

  1. Mix lemon rinds with sugar to create an intense syrup.
  2. Let the mixture sit at room temperature to draw out the aromatic essential oils from the rinds.
  3. Combine this flavorful syrup with fresh lemon juice for a lemonade base that’s bursting with complex lemon notes.

Perfecting the Blend

The ideal Arnold Palmer isn’t just about mixing equal parts tea and lemonade. We’ve fine-tuned the proportions to create a drink that highlights the best of both worlds. By using the cold-brewed tea to dilute our concentrated lemonade, we ensure a perfect balance of flavors in every sip.

Ultimate Arnold Palmer Recipe


  • 3 pounds (1.3kg) lemons (10 to 14 medium lemons)
  • 14 ounces sugar (2 cups; 400g)
  • 4 cups cold-brewed black tea


  1. Prepare the lemons: Bring them to room temperature and roll firmly on the counter to soften. Juice the lemons and refrigerate the juice. Cut the rinds into 1-inch chunks.
  2. Make the lemon syrup: Mix lemon rinds with sugar in a large bowl. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 3 hours, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves completely.
  3. Create the lemonade base: Add 1 cup of the reserved lemon juice to the rind mixture. Stir well and strain through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth. Discard the rinds.
  4. Blend and serve: Combine the lemonade base with the cold-brewed tea in a pitcher. Stir well and serve over ice for the ultimate refreshment.

Pro Tips

Save any leftover fresh lemon juice to adjust the tartness of individual servings. For an adult twist, offer a bottle of bourbon on the side for guests to customize their drinks.


  • Try using different tea varieties like green tea or herbal blends for unique flavor profiles.
  • Experiment with other citrus fruits like limes or oranges for exciting twists on the classic.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
269 Calories
0g Fat
70g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 269
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 70g 25%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 68g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 16mg 79%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 76mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

You may also like: