We owe the Arnold Palmer to eavesdropping. The story dates back to the 1960s when, while at a restaurant in Palm Springs, golfer Arnold Palmer ordered his favorite drink: two parts unsweetened iced tea to one part lemonade. A woman sitting nearby overheard the call and ordered one for herself, referring to the beverage as “that Palmer drink.” The Arnold Palmer was born—and with it, the inevitable spiked variations.
While most spiked Arnold Palmer recipes call for vodka, such as the Republican National Convention drink of choice, we at Supercall have a few other ideas for boozifying the classic combo of iced tea and lemonade. Here, the five best ways to spike your next Arnold Palmer.
Note: Two ounces of spirit per cocktail should make a strong enough drink, but scale up or down to suit your tastes.
This sweet-tart Italian liqueur transforms an Arnold Palmer into a low-ABV aperitivo. The lemon liqueur adds rich lemon curd flavors to the already bright and tangy lemonade.