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Home-Made Arnold Palmer

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Home-made Arnold Palmer drink

The Arnold Palmer drink, named for the reknowned golfer, is a refreshing non-alcoholic mixture of lemonade and ice tea. Arnold and his wife experimented with the proportions until they got it just right. From that point on, Arnold took a thermos full when he went off to play golf. This drink happens to be my husband’s favorite hot weather drink, so rather than purchase ready made, I decided to try to make a home-made batch for him. Try it – it’s easy and delicious, and uses only a few simple ingredients. Takes only about 15-20 minutes. 



4 tea bags (experiment to find what you like best – we enjoy English breakfast tea)
Boiling water (1 tea kettle full)


1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup lemon juice
Zest from 1 lemon
2 cups ice cubes

Ice Tea:  Tie tea bags together and attach to the handle of a large pitcher. Make sure the tea bags hang down a few inches inside the pitcher. Pour the hot water into the pitcher over the tea bags and set aside to steep over the tea bags and into the pitcher. Set aside to steep for 5 minutes. Don’t steep for too long as the team can become bitter.

Lemonade:  While the tea bags steep, add the sugar and water to a medium size saucepan. Bring to a boil, then allow to simmer until sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. 

Once completely cooled, pour the syrup made from the sugar and water to a blender. Add lemon juice, lemon zest and ice cubes, then pulse to puree the mixture. Place in freezer until the tea finishes steeping.

Add the lemon mixture to a pitcher similar in size to the ice tea pitcher. Add water to fill pitcher to the top.

Final Arnold Palmer concoction

Add more ice cubes to a tall glass. Fill half with ice tea and half with lemonade. Garnish with fresh mint. Serve and enjoy!

Additional notes: You can change the proportions of the ingredients to suit your taste and experiment with different types of tea! We at 50PlusToday personally prefer 3/4 ice tea with 1/4 lemonade. If you prefer using decaffeinated or herbal teas, no problem! And if you don’t have time to make home-made lemonade, store bought works too. Let us know how you make this recipe your own!

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