When I was a teenager, I used to drink Arnold Palmer Iced Tea/Lemonade pretty much by the gallon. I couldn’t get enough of the stuff! I outgrew that phase when I found out that drinking about 10 cups worth of sugar each day really isn’t the best for your health. From time to time, though, there’s nothing better than a nice sweet glass of it.
And apparently today is National Lemonade Day. As soon as I found out, I knew I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to celebrate with a nice glass of homemade Arnold Palmer, plus a little something fancy. So here’s the adult version of my childhood favorite to enjoy on a nice hot day, or whenever you have to celebrate a completely legitimate national holiday. Feel free to make it without the booze, and it’ll just be a fruity version of the classic!
Boozy Fruity Arnold Palmer
The grown-up version of everybody’s childhood favorite!
- 2 cups unsweetened iced tea
- 2 cups lemonade
- 1 1/2 cup white wine (I used pinot grigio because I had it open)
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp grated ginger
- 1/2 peach, sliced
- 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
- 1 lemon, divided in two
- 20 mint leaves
In a small pan, heat water, sugar, ginger, peaches and strawberries. Bring to a simmer then reduce heat to low and cook down for about 5 minutes. This will make a quick infused simple syrup. Strain the fruit and set aside. Pour the syrup into a large pitcher, then add lemonade, iced tea, and white wine. Juice 1/2 lemon and stir in the lemon juice.
Fill glasses with 1/3 cup of the fruit mixture and a few mint leaves and muddle in each glass. Add a few ice cubes to each glass, then fill each from the pitcher. Slice the remaining 1/2 lemon and garnish each glass with a slice. This can be made a day in advance and kept chilling in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
Looking for something a little less boozy? Check out my recipe for Coconut Mojito MOCKtails!