Boozy Arnold Palmer with Fruit

Just add some wine and fruit to the classic half lemonade, half iced tea drink, and you’ve got a Boozy Arnold Palmer. It’s the perfect sweet and refreshing alcoholic summer drink!

Alcoholic Arnold Palmer, Finished

The Classic Summertime Drink: Arnold Palmer

When I was a teenager, I used to drink Arnold Palmer Iced Tea/Lemonade pretty much by the gallon. A deli on every corner, you could go in and order a 32oz. Arnold Palmer from the fountain. Almost every day on my way to work (I had the best job ever — I worked at the beach!), that’s exactly what I did. Arnold Palmers were part of my daily routine. I just couldn’t get enough of the stuff!

I outgrew that phase, though, once I found out that drinking about 3 cups worth of refined sugar every day really isn’t the best for me. Right around the time I discovered Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee, I gave it up. You live and you learn, right? Even so, after all these years, there’s still nothing better than a nice sweet glass of Arnold Palmer from time to time. And today is one of those times!

Glasses filled with boozy Arnold palmer and ice. Finished

Let’s Celebrate! It’s National Lemonade Day

Apparently, today is National Lemonade Day. Sure, that’s a holiday. Well, as soon as I found out about it, I was excited! I knew I couldn’t pass up such a silly opportunity to have some fun! The perfect way to celebrate? With a nice icy glass of my old friend, Arnold Palmer. This time, I’d want to add a little something fancy to it. I am an adult now, after all.

Here’s the adult version of my childhood favorite, a great drink to enjoy in a frosty glass on a hot day. It’s also good for whenever you decide to have an impromptu celebration for a completely legitimate national holiday… not that I’d know. It’s the Fruity Boozy Arnold Palmer!

Recipe Variations:

  1. If you don’t want alcohol: Feel free to make it without the booze, and it’ll just be a fruity version of the classic!
  2. You can spike your regular sweetened iced tea this way too. Follow the recipe, just double the iced tea and omit the lemonade.

Looking for something a little less boozy? Check out a few of my MOCKtail recipes: the Coconut Mojito Mocktail and the Strawberry Basil Smash.

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Glasses filled with boozy Arnold palmer and ice. Finished
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Boozy Fruity Arnold Palmer

The grown-up version of everybody’s childhood favorite! 

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 large glasses
Calories 129 kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 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.

  2. This will make a quick infused simple syrup, and it can be made a day in advance and kept chilling in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.