10 Yummy Recipes for Alcoholic Arnold Palmer Drinks

The basic Arnold Palmer drink is half lemonade, half iced tea. But not everyone likes their Arnold Palmer "basic." Some add flavoring but keep the drink non-alcoholic (see our non-alcoholic Arnold Palmer recipes).

And others like to add alcohol to their Arnie. If you do so, you can call it a John Daly drink, or any of several variations on the Palmer name (such as adult Arnold Palmer or drunk Arnold Palmer).

So if you'd like a little liquor kick, an alcoholic version of the Arnold Palmer, here are some recipes that fit the bill. We give you the ingredient list; if you need instruction for mixing the drink, click on the instructions link beneath each recipe to view the original (but you can probably figure it out).

Arnold Palmer Mixed Drink
• 1 ounce lemon-flavored vodka
• 5 ounces prepared iced tea
• 5 ounces prepared lemonade
• 1 lemon wedge

Spiked Arnold Palmer
• 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

Arnold Palmer Martini
• 2 ounces tea vodka (add 1/2 cup loose black tea to a 1-liter bottle of vodka, let sit for 12-24 hours, then strain)
• 1 1/2 ounces fresh-squeezed lemon juice
• 1 ounce simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, boil; cool and chill)

Citrus Arnold Palmer with Bourbon
• 2 cups boiling water
• 4 teaspoons loose English breakfast tea (or 4 tea bags)
• 1/2 cup bourbon
• Juice of 1 orange
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 2 tablespoons Simple Syrup
• Ice, for serving
• Orange slices, for garnish

Dirty Arnold Palmer
• 1 bottle (fifth) sweet tea vodka, chilled
• 64 ounces lemonade, chilled
• Ice cubes
• Lemon slices or wedges, for garnish

Skinny Arnold Palmer
• 1 shot Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
• Sugar-free lemonade (Minute Maid Light or Crystal Light)
• Lemon wedge for garnish

Captain Palmer Cocktail
• 3 ounces brewed tea
• 1 tablespoon honey (or agave nectar)
• 1 to 2 ounces Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
• 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
• Lemon slice, for garnish

Arnold Palmer Jello Shots
• 1 3-ounce box lemon Jello
• 1/2 cup sweet tea vodka
• 1/2 cup limoncello or triple sec

Hard Cranberry Arnold Palmer
• Ice
• 1 ounce sweet tea vodka
• 1 ounce vodka
• 4 ounces Ocean Spray Cran-Lemonade Cranberry Lemonade Juice Drink
• Lemon slice, garnish

Rummy Arnold Palmer
• 2 ounces rum
• 2 ounces iced tea
• 2 ounces fresh-squeezed lemonade
• 1 sprig of mint

See also:
Non-alcoholic recipes for the Arnold Palmer

You can also purchase Arnold Palmer drinks or mixes and use those as a base to experiment with different liquors or liqueurs.

Photo credit: "Arnold Palmer" by rick is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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