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Sweet Heat Arnold Palmer

Photo: Jennifer Causey Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Hands-on time 7 mins
Total time 44 mins

Serves 8 (serving size: about 1 cup)

The trick to layering beverages is to add liquids to the glass in order of most to least dense. We put most of the sugar into the lemonade (the denser liquid)­, so be sure to swirl before swigging.


  • 8 cups water, divided
  • 18 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 family-size iced-tea bags (such as Lipton)
  • 1 small habanero chile, stemmed, seeded, and sliced
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 8 fresh mint sprigs

Nutrition Information

  • calories 117
  • fat 0.1 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 0.0 g
  • carbohydrate 30 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 8 mg
  • calcium 10 mg
  • sugars 29 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 28 g

How to Make It

  1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat; stir in 6 tablespoons sugar, tea bags, and habanero. Steep 5 minutes. Strain into a pitcher. Stir in 1 cup cold water. Cool completely (about 30 minutes).

  2. Combine remaining 3/4 cup sugar, lemon juice, and 1 cup water in a container with a tight-fitting lid; seal. Shake to dissolve sugar. Pour lemon mixture into a second pitcher with remaining 2 cups water.

  3. Fill 8 highball glasses with ice. Fill each glass one-third of the way with lemon mixture. Slowly pour tea mixture evenly over ice in each glass to layer the tea on top of the lemonade. Garnish with mint sprigs. Swirl before sipping.