Arnold Palmers are also sometimes called half-and-halfs, but they’re more than halfway decent; they’re delicious! The Best Arnold Palmer is a truly refreshing drink perfect for coming off the golf links: with the citrus tang of lemonade and the deep maltiness and caramel notes of black tea, the Best Arnold Palmer is just the right balance of sweet, tart, and brisk. You can even call this brew a birdie!

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For the lemonade:

  • 3 cups water, divided
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 large lemons, juiced

For the tea:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 5 black tea bags
  • ice, to taste
  • fresh mint, optional, to taste, for garnish
  • lemon wedges, optional, to taste, for garnish


Step 1 –In a small pot over medium heat, bring 1 cup of the water and the sugar to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Let it boil for 2 minutes.

Step 2 –Let the simple syrup cool to room temperature.

Step 3 –Combine the simple syrup, 2 cups of the water, and the lemon juice.

Step 4 –In a medium pot over medium-high heat, add the remaining water and bring it to a boil.

Step 5 –Add the honey and stir to dissolve.

Step 6 –Turn off the heat and add the tea bags.

Step 7 –Let the tea bags steep for 5 minutes.

Step 8 –Let the tea cool to room temperature.

Step 9 –In a large pitcher, combine the lemonade and the tea.

Step 10 –Fill serving glasses with the ice.

Step 11 –Pour the Arnold Palmers into the glasses.

Step 12 –Garnish with the mint and the lemon wedges.

Step 13 –Serve.