In honor of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Golf Channel Series “Arnie & Me” we thought it was a perfect time to do some research on how to make the perfect Arnold Palmer drink. As it turns out, the exact measure seems to be slightly more Ice tea then lemonade but you can adjust based on your taste.
The Arnold Palmer is said to have originated at the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver Colorado. Palmer ordered a drink from the bartender which consisted of mixing slightly more than half sweet tea with the rest lemonade, a drink he would soon often make at home. A woman sitting at the bar noticed the drink and stated that she wanted “that Palmer drink.” For those non-golfers in the Southern States, they may refer to this drink simply as a “half & half”
Many articles online will have some unique variations of the drink however the following recipe will be the easiest and yield the best results. Note that this method prepares both the tea and the lemonade without sweetening first as its prefered to sweeten as a final step. Don’t just buy powdered or pre-made ice tea, take the time to make a true and authentic version. The Lemonade can be store bought.
First, brew the tea. Add 4 tea bags (black tea is best) to 2 cups of boiling water, cover and let steep for 7-10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and add 4 cups of cold water. You’re already half way there.
As the tea is brewing you make a simple syrup for the final step. This is easy, you just put a cup of water and a cup of sugar into a sauce pot and bring to a boil. The sugar will be dissolved into a simple syrup. You can also microwave if your a bit lazy.
For the lemonade you can cheat and buy lemonade or continue on to the true experience. In a pitcher, juice enough lemons to give you one full cup of pure lemon juice. After removing the seeds, add 5 cups of cold water and stir. You know have 6 cups of tea and 6 cups of lemonade. Start with more tea and add lemonade until you have it just right, or half and half.
Next comes the sweetness. You can choose to sweeten this drink to your liking with either honey, agave or the simple syrup made above. Add as much or as little as you need to get to your preferred level of sweetness.
Now sit down, take your hat off at the table and enjoy an Arnold Palmer.