This Arnold Palmer Cocktail is an alcoholic version of the common “mocktail” that uses tea, lemonade, and a dash of bourbon! Delicious and refreshing, it may just become your new favorite drink!
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What is Arnold Palmer drink
An Arnold Palmer is a “mocktail,” or non-alcoholic drink, that’s one part tea and one part lemonade. It was a favorite of the famous golfer Arnold Palmer, though no one knows if he invented it or not!! Either way, it bears his name, and he loved it …
… and YOU will love this mega-refreshing Arnold Palmer cocktail, also known as a spiked Arnold Palmer!! It’s an alcoholic, grown-up version of that classic.
The same idea as the non-alcoholic version – but the alcoholic version just has bourbon in it.
You may have heard this called a John Daly, but that drink has vodka instead of bourbon. Drink names are difficult … no wonder you have to go to bartending school to get it all right.
By the way, there are a lot of similar golf-related cocktails … even one called the Happy Gilmore. You know, after the Adam Sandler movie?! So interesting!
I guess because so many of these cocktails are great for summer get-togethers, and people associate summer with golf? Or maybe that’s just me?
At any rate, I hope you enjoy this super-simple, super-delicious Arnold Palmer drink!
Arnold Palmer with Bourbon: Ingredients & Equipment
This is so easy, I can barely call it a recipe! It’s more like a series of tips! But maybe some of you are new to putting together cocktails and alcoholic drinks. And so, to make this Arnold Palmer drink, you’ll need …
- unsweetened tea, lemonade – the two main parts of any Arnold Palmer, whether it’s alcoholic or not! You’ll need a 4:2 tea-to-lemonade ratio. Some people like more or less, so adjust the ratio after trying this cocktail if you need to.
- bourbon whiskey – grab your fave in the 80-proof-ish area. You’ll need about 2 ounces of this! And you can leave it out if you’re going non-alcoholic or serving this up to the kids, since without booze the Arnold Palmer is a great (and SUPER tasty) mocktail, too.
- ice – we can’t have a warm cocktail, now can we?!
- cup – that’s all you’ll need to make this drink since you just have to stir the ingredients!
Arnold Palmer Cocktail: FAQs
Sweet tea or black tea works well, either store-bought (like Lipton) or homemade if you happen to know how!! I’m also told you can use other teas, especially flavored ones (for tasty peach, mint, etc.) Arnold Palmers. I haven’t tried it myself (I like the original recipe way too much) but I imagine it’s absolutely delicious.
Just one, for you or your favorite person! If you want more, you’ll have to make a few batches. You can also easily double, triple, etc the recipe and throw it in a pitcher or something similar if you’re having a get-together.
Just a minute or two! You only have to stir the ingredients, I promise! No secret instructions!! 😉
You can if you have one! And it will make your drink cold really fast, too.
Other recipes you may enjoy
- 4 ounces unsweetened tea
- 2 ounces lemonade
- 2 ounces bourbon whiskey
- Fill your cup about halfway with ice.
- Measure and pour your lemonade, whiskey, and tea over the ice in the glass.
- Stir and enjoy.
- If you prefer a sweeter drink, you’ll want to use sweet tea instead of unsweet tea.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 cocktail
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g
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