boozy arnold palmers

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been sweating my ass off all week. It’s been so hot here that all I want to do is day drink, and I am not your typical day drinker, but I must admit, this is the third day in a row I’ve made these. This drink is so light and fresh that you barely notice there is any booze in it. My kids have also been gone for almost 2 weeks, so for the past few nights after a long day of work, my husband is welcomed by my delicious Arnold Palmer. This is not normal behavior for me, but sometimes I like to bring it back old school and act like a 50’s housewife just like June Cleaver. I hope you guys know who June Cleaver is, and if you don’t, I feel really old right now. Anyways, it’s a great way to start the evening on a hot summer night. I didn’t add a lot of sugar, because I decided to make a lemon verbena simple syrup for some added sweetness. And boy is it yummy! I also made a lavender simple syrup that also compliments Arnold like no other. So try this boozy Arnold Palmer and let me know what you think. Add a little lemon wedge and a sprig of mint to dress it up. It’s super easy and takes less than 30 minutes to make this delicious concoction. This recipe makes enough for about 6-8 drinks, but if you want to have at least 2 per person, I would double it. You can’t just have one. Enjoy!


boozy arnold palmers

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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I used Lipton black tea, but early grey would be amazing.

“Adapted from”

boozy arnold palmer

  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 6-8 tea bags-depends how strong you like your tea
  • 1/2-3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 cup of your favorite bourbon
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • lemon slices and fresh mint for garnish

lemon verbena simple syrup

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon verbena leaves


  1. For the arnold palmer: Boil 4 cups of water. Once water is boiled, turn off stove, add tea bags, sugar, and lemon zest. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Cover, and let steep for 5 minutes.
  2. Pour mixture over a fine mesh strainer. Add cold water, bourbon, and lemon juice. Cover and chill for 30 minutes. Serve over ice and garnish to your heart’s desire
  3. For the lemon verbena simple syrup: Bring 1 cup of water to a boil, add the lemon verbena leaves and sugar. Stir until dissolved. Pour the simple syrup through a sieve and discard leaves. Chill in the refrigerator. Should last up to 3 weeks.
  4. If you want to make a lavender simple syrup, follow the same directions as the lemon verbena, just use lavender blossoms. The tight purple ones are the best.


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