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Deconstructed Arnold Palmer Tea

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A deconstructed Arnold Palmer Tea is easy to make and is perfect for the hot and sticky summer weather. No watered down drinks here.

I don’t know what screams summer more – iced tea? Lemonade? Lemonade iced cubes in iced tea? Or iced tea ice cubes in lemonade? Frozen lemonade and green tea? Options, options, options.

Deconstructed Arnold Palmer Iced Tea Beauty and the Beets

The Arnold Palmer Tea originated in Palm Springs, California. The golfer Arnold Palmer (and namesake of the drink) ordered 3/4 iced tea with 1/4 lemonade. A lady standing nearby then reportedly asked for that “Arnold Palmer” drink. Many commercial versions are more common to mix equal parts of iced tea and lemonade, but the original Arnold Palmer tea was three quarters to one quarter.

Arnold Palmer Iced Tea Beauty and the beets

Also important to note, the authentic Arnold Palmer Tea is always made with unsweet tea, never with delicious stick to your teeth sweetened tea the South is known for.

I don’t like any drink to be watered down. This recipe is easy.

Arnold Palmer Iced Tea ice cubes Beauty and the Beets

Fill ice trays with unsweetened green tea and leave in the freezer.

Arnold Palmer iced tea cubes Beauty and the Beets

When you are ready for your beverage, add iced tea ice cubes and enjoy! And of course, you can also make the opposite. Fill ice cube trays with lemonade and add to a tall glass of iced tea.

Lemonade Sharksicles Beauty and the Beets
Add gummy sharks to lemonade popsicles for refreshing Sharksicles

One of my favorite ways to enjoy this recipe to freeze the lemonade in a popsicle mold, blue raspberry shark gummies, and enjoy a frozen treat on a hot and sticky summer day.

Deconstructed Arnold Palmer Iced Tea

Deconstructed Arnold Palmer Iced Tea

Yield: Serves 6

No watery lemonade or iced tea. The deconstructed Arnold Palmer Iced Tea.


For the iced tea:

  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 4 black or green tea bags

For the sugar syrup:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water

For the lemonade:

  • 1 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups cold filtered water


For the iced tea:

  1. Bring 4 cups filtered water to a boil on the stove.
  2. Remove from heat and add the teabags.
  3. Let the teabags cool for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the teabags and pour tea into ice cube trays.
  5. Place in freezer for 2 hours or until frozen.

For the sugar syrup:

  1. Bring 3/4 cup sugar and 3/4 cup water to a boil on the stove.
  2. Remove from the heat and let cool.

For the lemonade:

  1. To a large pitcher add the sugar syrup, 1 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, and 4 cups of cold water.

To make the Arnold Palmer:

  1. Fill a serving glass with the iced tea cubes and add the lemonade.
  2. Serve immediately.


This is an easy recipe to invert - pour the lemonade into ice cube trays and freeze. Then add iced tea to the lemonade ice cubes.

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 Celebrate Arnold Palmer and his four victories at The Masters Tournament, make a Masters Pimento Cheese Sandwich to accompany your Arnold Palmer Tea:

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