A Spiked Arnold Palmer with bourbon, lemonade and iced tea is a refreshing and delicious drink for afternoon sipping. Make an individual drink or a big batch for a crowd.
We are back from the beach after a fun long weekend for the 4th of July. It was a fun trip with beach mornings, pool afternoons, a boat ride and some delicious eats.
My parents were down with us, too, and it was great to all be together. 🥰
But OK, let's move along to the beverages.
Last week I shared this frozen screwdriver drink, which is perfect for some slushy summertime sipping.
Today it’s another one of my favorites that’s even easier to mix together.
(Read: No blender or electricity needed.)
A spiked Arnold Palmer is a boozy version of a regular Arnold Palmer drink, which is a half-tea, half-lemonade drink named after the famous golfer.
And while those are lovely drinks, they are just begging for a bit of liquor to be added, don't you think?
For me, the go-to is bourbon. I’m a bourbon lover through and through, and it also pairs really nicely with the citrus and tea flavors here.
Some people also use vodka to spike this drink, and that's fine here too, if you want to swap it.
Either way, this lovely, light drink is great for sipping on in the afternoons.
It’s what I make for lake days, boat days, beach days and more.
I love that it’s not overwhelmingly sweet or sugary (especially if you opt for an unsweetened iced tea) and that it’s summery and refreshing.
Yup, you need this in your life.
OK, let’s get mixing.
Now, I’ve got some notes and tips coming up on how to make a spiked Arnold Palmer. Just tryin’ to be helpful.
If you want to jump on down to the recipe, simply scroll right on through the rest of the text. The recipe card is near the bottom of the page, above the comments section.
- Alcohol: My preference for alcohol here is to use bourbon. The sweetness and depth of flavor goes really well here. However, I know some people make their spiked versions of this drink with vodka, so you could use that if you’d rather, as mentioned previously.
- Either way, we do want a decent quality liquor. Doesn’t have to be top shelf, but it shouldn’t be bottom shelf either. 😉
- Tea: Feel free to use a sweet or unsweet iced tea in this drink. I choose an unsweet to cut down on total sugar. (The lemonade has enough sweetness for the drink in my opinion.)
- You can also either make your own lemonade and iced tea or use a store-bought version. (I’ve even just added bourbon to a bottle of half-tea, half-lemonade diet Snapple before. It was delicious. 👍)
One other tip: If you want to tone this down a bit or really don’t want too much sweetness, you can top off your glass with a bit of club soda. It adds a nice fizziness.
Also, because I love you, the recipe card below includes instructions for making a single drink for one person or a big batch to share with friends.
Pour ‘em all around! 🍹🍹🍹
And while I usually just make my drink and go, you could certainly add some fun garnishes to dress up your glass.
- Lemon slices
- Orange wedges
- Sliced strawberries
- Sprig of fresh mint
I hope you give this a try to liven up a beautiful summer day.
Enjoy and happy sipping!
You can sign up for my free e-newsletter to get all of my new recipes delivered straight to your inbox so you never miss a thing. I’ll even send you my free e-cookbook, Healthy Weeknight Dinners, as a thank you!
For an individual drink:
- ½ cup lemonade
- ½ cup unsweet iced tea
- 1 ½ ounces bourbon (or vodka)
For a big batch:
- 2 cups lemonade
- 2 cups iced tea
- ⅓ cup bourbon (or vodka)
For garnish (optional):
- Lemon and/or orange slices
- Sliced fresh strawberries
- Sprig of fresh mint
- Fill a tall or highball glass with ice. Add the lemonade, iced tea and bourbon and stir well to mix. (If making a big batch, combine all ingredients in a medium pitcher and stir well then serve over ice in individual glasses.)
- Garnish with fruit and/or fresh mint, if desired, and enjoy!
Liquor: My preference for alcohol here is to use bourbon. The sweetness and depth of flavor goes really well in this drink. However, I know some people make their spiked versions of this drink with vodka, so you could use that if you’d rather. Either way, we do want a decent quality liquor. Doesn’t have to be top shelf, but it shouldn’t be bottom shelf either.
Tea: Feel free to use a sweet or unsweet iced tea in this drink. I choose an unsweet tea to cut down on total sugar. (The lemonade has enough sweetness for the drink for my tastes.)
You can also either make your own lemonade and iced tea or use a store-bought version. (I've even used a half tea/half lemonade diet Snapple and added bourbon to that and it was tasty.)
Club soda: If you want to tone this drink down a bit or really don’t want too much sweetness, you can top off your glass with a bit of club soda. It adds a nice, refreshing fizziness.
And of course, please drink responsibly.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 147Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g