Photo: Ralph Anderson, Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Melanie Clark Photo by: Photo: Ralph Anderson, Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Melanie Clark

Spiked Arnold Palmer

Add bourbon to this summer drink for an alcoholic version of the classic Arnold Palmer.

Southern Living SEPTEMBER 2009

  • Yield: Makes about 10 cups (serving size: 1 cup)
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes
  • Steep: 5 Minutes
  • Chill: 30 Minutes


  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 5 regular-size tea bags
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Garnish: lemon slices


1. Pour boiling water over tea bags, sugar, and lemon zest in a large bowl. Stir until sugar is dissolved; cover and steep 5 minutes.

2. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large pitcher, discarding tea bags and zest. Stir in 4 cups cold water and next 2 ingredients. Cover and chill 30 minutes to 12 hours. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.


To make this tea a day ahead, follow recipe as directed, omitting ice and garnish. Store in the refrigerator in a pitcher. When you are ready to serve, stir in ice cubes and lemon slices.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 113
  • Fat: 0.0g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Protein: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 16.1g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.0mg
  • Sodium: 6mg
  • Calcium: 7mg

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