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.
I have been drinking Arnold Palmer’s for a couple of 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.
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.
By the way, if you do not have the lemon 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. 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 12 Spiked Iced Teas you could try.
Boozy Arnold Palmer with Alcohol:
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My boozy version of an Arnold Palmer can be made with your choice of hard alcohol--bourbon, tequila or vodka.
- 6 cups water (1 1/2 quarts)
- 2 family-size tea bags
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup sugar
- bourbon, vodka or tequila
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.
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.
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.
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!
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