The 25 Days of Holiday Goodies Day 17: Arnold Palmer

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This is also known as possibly the best mocktail ever! The insipid Shirley Temple has nothing on this sip of Southern summertime. Yay, alliteration!

I realize that what follows is not the original recipe. I realize that the original Arnold Palmer uses unsweetened tea. But…

I live in the South, and sweet tea is a thing.

In my opinion, this drink combines the best of two worlds: sweet tea and lemonade. I mean, let’s face it: adding lemon to sweet tea is fine and dandy, but that tends to make it too tart. Most lemonade by itself is too tart and too insipid. So, mixing the two in equal parts is only right, right?

I think so.

Muffin, after tasting the Cane’s (of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers fame) version of the Arnold Palmer, prefers it to their just-lemonade. When we go to Chick-Fil-A, that is what I always order.

How do we make it at home? Here’s how:


Arnold Palmer

Source: Me!

½ gallon Josh sweet tea, chilled

½ gallon Chick-Fil-A lemonade, chilled

Combine. Chill some more. Serve over ice with extra lemon slices.


This recipe is completely Muffin Approved!

Muffin Approved

What is your favorite way to drink sweet tea?  Or lemonade?