The Arnold Palmer

Vickie Parks


Arnold Palmer, a Latrobe, PA native, had a favorite drink that his wife had been making for him for years. But it gained sudden fame in 1960 when Arnold Palmer was at the U.S. Open in Denver and asked a waitress to bring him a glass of half lemonade and half iced tea. A woman nearby overheard the order, and she asked for "that Arnold Palmer drink" too, thus giving the classic drink its name.

This recipe is for one drink. But it's easier to make bulk batches of lemonade and iced tea in advance and keep them chilled until ready to prepare the drinks, so you can enjoy more than one at a time.


★★★★★ 3 votes

2 Min
No-Cook or Other



  • 5 oz
  • 5 oz
    iced tea
  • 1 cup
    ice cubes
  • 1
    lemon slice or lemon wedge (optional garnish)
  • optional:
    add 1 to 2 tbsp simple syrup (or 1 to 2 tsp sugar) for increased sweetness

How to Make The Arnold Palmer


  1. Place ice cubes in a tall Collins glass or a 12-ounce highball glass.
  2. Pour the lemonade over the ice cubes. Gently stir in the iced tea. If you wish to increase the sweetness, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons simple syrup or 1 to 2 tsp sugar as desired.
  3. Add lemon garnish, and serve immediately.

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About The Arnold Palmer

Course/Dish: Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Main Ingredient: Coffee/Tea/Beverage
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Fat Low Sodium

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