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Spiked Arnold Palmer Cocktail

A boozy version of the classic refreshment, this spiked Arnold Palmer cocktail features sweet tea, tart lemonade, and smooth whiskey or bourbon.

Arnold Palmer Cocktail in a mason jar, with stirring spoon

Arnold Palmer Cocktail

If you go to a restaurant and order an “Arnold Palmer,” you’ll likely end up with a non-alcoholic drink. The original Arnold Palmer drink is a blend of half lemonade and half iced tea. This is said to have been the legendary golfer Arnold Palmer’s favorite refreshment to order while on the green.

However, it’s easy to turn this tasty tea drink into a boozy beverage that’s just as refreshing and has a little kick! This Arnold Palmer with alcohol is the perfect drink to beat the summer heat, whether you’re on the golf course or in your own backyard!

How Did the Arnold Palmer Drink Get Its Name?

Arnold Palmer is one of the most successful and beloved golfers from the United States. During the mid-century when he was at the height of popularity, Mr. Palmer took to ordering his own special drink: half lemonade and half tea. He became known for this drink, so that when others would order it, they just called it the “Arnold Palmer.” And the name stuck!

Related: For another iced tea-inspired cocktail, try our Long Island Iced Tea recipe or our Bourbon Sweet Tea!

Arnold Palmer Cocktail with a lemon slice


  • 4 Ounces Sweet Tea or Unsweetened Tea
  • 4 Ounces Lemonade
  • 2 Ounces Whiskey or Bourbon

This recipe contains alcohol and is intended for readers 21+

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Arnold Palmer Cocktail ingredients, with text labels


  1. Fill a large glass with ice.
  2. Pour lemonade to just under halfway full.
  3. Add an equal amount of iced tea.
  4. Finish with a shot of whiskey and give a quick stir before serving.
4 step photo collage showing how to make a spiked Arnold Palmer

Prep Tips

  • Garnish your drink with a lemon wedge.
  • Want a sweet drink? Use sweet tea! If you prefer something more tart, use unsweetened black tea.
  • Instead of layering in a glass, you can also prepare this drink in a cocktail shaker to thoroughly incorporate all the ingredients.
  • Don’t care for bourbon? Use vodka instead! This variation of the drink is named a John Daly, after the wild-card golfer who was known to enjoy a good drink.
Close up of an Arnold Palmer Cocktail in mason jar

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it Better to Use Bottled or Brewed Tea?

If you want to save time, it’s perfectly fine to use pre-made iced tea or your favorite brand of bottled tea.

However, you’re also welcome to brew your own ice tea too! You can even try different types of teas or different flavors. Both sweet and unsweetened tea are fine too, it’s up to your preference and how sweet you want the overall drink to taste.

Can You Make a Pitcher of Arnold Palmers?

Absolutely! This is a great recipe to make ahead of time or make in a big batch because there are no fizzy ingredients, such as soda.

If mixing a day in advance, don’t add the ice to the pitcher so the drink doesn’t get watered down. Keep refrigerated and pour over ice when serving.

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Spiked Arnold Palmer Cocktail

A boozy version of the classic refreshment, this spiked Arnold Palmer cocktail features sweet tea, tart lemonade, and smooth whiskey or bourbon.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Arnold Palmer, Arnold Palmer cocktail, cocktails, iced tea, lemonade
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 161kcal
Author: Stacey
Cost: $10


  • Cocktail Shaker


  • 4 Ounces Iced Tea
  • 4 Ounces Lemonade
  • 2 Ounces Whiskey


  • Fill a large cocktail glass with ice.
  • Add lemonade, so the glass is just under halfway full.
    Arnold Palmer Cocktail step by step
  • Pour in an equal amount of iced tea.
  • Add a shot of bourbon and stir.


Nutrition information is an estimate only.
Recipe intended for readers 21+


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 43mg | Sugar: 7g | Iron: 0.04mg

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