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Boozy Arnold Palmer with Alcohol

An Arnold Palmer is my favorite go-to drink. Well, I wanted to make it even better, so I came up with a boozy version (you pick your poison) with my Boozy Arnold Palmer with Alcohol.

Updated post from April 4, 2019.

boozy arnold palmer with alcohol 2 shows a tall glass of lemonade tea with hard liquors


I have been drinking Arnold Palmer’s for a few years now. I just love them because it combines my two favorite drinks into one–iced tea and lemonade. They do have a product on the market that is ready made, and that is pretty good. But I wanted to control my ingredients, especially the amount of sweetener. So I have been making my own which is really easy.

Here is what makes this a great recipe:

You control the amount of:

  • sugar
  • alcohol

To make this alcoholic Arnold Palmer, you will need:

  • iced tea bags – family size
  • lemon – fresh
  • sugar
  • alcohol – your choice (I have featured whiskey, vodka and tequila)


boozy arnold palmer with alcohol 3 shows the ingredients used to make this drink

I really could not decide which hard alcohol to use in this drink. I like them all. Tequila is probably my favorite hard alcohol, and that probably explains why I like margaritas so much. My husband’s favorite is bourbon, but that seems a little sweet for my liking. The vodka makes for a really smooth drink. As with everything in this recipe, you control the amount of alcohol to use. I used a shot of alcohol for each drink per tall glass of iced lemonade-tea. If that is too much for you, reduce the amount. If it is not enough, add more.

Come along with me as we make this alcoholic Arnold Palmer:

A full printable recipe is available in the recipe card toward the end of this post.

  1. Bring the water to a boil, and steep the tea.
  2. Pour the tea in the pitcher and add the sugar.
  3. Squeeze in the lemon.
  4. Pour into a tall glass.
  5. Add the alcohol of choice and ice.

boozy arnold palmer with alcohol 4 shows a pitcher of Arnold Palmer


By the way, if you do not have the citrus squeezer shown in the image above, you are going to want to get one. I love mine, and it really makes Boozy Arnold Palmer with Alcohol a breeze to make. Most people use them incorrectly. The trick is to slice the lemon in the middle and slice the ends off of each end of the lemon. Then insert the lemon with the large cut side toward the holes. When you press, the rind will actually turn inside out. See my image below as a guide.

boozy arnold palmer with alcohol 6 shows a pitcher of tea with the citrus squeezer on top

My best time-saving time:

Is that this recipe only requires a few minutes of your time…more time to relax and unwind!

When should I serve this alcoholic Arnold Palmer?

Why not make a pitcher of the lemonade-tea and keep it in the refrigerator. That way, you can have an Arnold Palmer during mid-day and an alcoholic Arnold Palmer in the evening.

Questions and Answers:

  1. Could I use the lemon in the container? You could, but I do not recommend it. I think it would really compromise the flavor.
  2. Can I use artificial sweetener? Yes you can. I have used Stevia. However, you will probably want to use a little less than the sugar since it tends to be rather sweet tasting.
  3. How long will the lemonade-tea keep in the refrigerator? You would want to use this drink within a week of making it.

After you try my Boozy Arnold Palmer with Alcohol, you will understand why I call it a BEST. For another tequila recipe, try my Peaches and Cream Margarita. For another bourbon recipe, try my Frozen Strawberry Lynchburg Lemonade. Better Homes and Gardens has a post on Iced Tea Recipes you could try. See my Drinks and Smoothies category for more great recipes like this.

boozy arnold palmer with alcohol 5 shows 2 tall glasses of spiked lemonade tea

If you like this recipe, please like and share it–Thanks!

5 from 1 vote
boozy arnold palmer with alcohol 1 shows lemonade tea that can be spiked with 3 hard liquors
Boozy Arnold Palmer with Alcohol
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
refrigeration time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

My boozy version of an Arnold Palmer can be made with your choice of hard alcohol--bourbon, tequila or vodka.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, easy recipe, lemonade, tea
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 200 kcal
Author: Renea
  • 6 cups water (1 1/2 quarts)
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • bourbon, vodka or tequila
  1. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Turn off the heat and add the 2 tea bags. Let steep for at least 5 minutes. Discard the tea bags.

  2. Slice the lemon and remove the seeds that are accessible.  Squeeze the juice from the lemon into the tea. Add the sugar and mix well.

  3. Pour into a pitcher. I like to add the 2 squeezed lemon halves to the warm tea while it refrigerates. It is best to let this refrigerate for about an hour before serving when you would remove the lemon halves.

  4. Fill a tall glass half full with the lemonade tea. Add a shot of your choice of bourbon, tequila or vodka. Fill the glass with ice and enjoy!

If you made this recipe, please let me know what you thought in the comments and give it a star rating.–xoxo Renea

I have been cooking, gardening and DIY/Crafting for years to Inspire a Creation.


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Thursday 27th of June 2019

Loved this drink!

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