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Arnold Palmer, Anyone? Drink Up!

 

Exploring the popular mocktail (and cocktail) named after Arnie

Arnold Palmer is so famous there's a drink named after him. It's not a drink he invented, but it is a drink he famously enjoys and helped popularize. It's the Arnold Palmer "mocktail" (a mocktail is a mixed drink that does not include alcohol) that combines unsweetened ice tea with lemonade. But of course, you can easily turn the "mocktail" into a cocktail by adding liquor.

Arnie himself makes his drink by combining about three parts tea with one part lemonade, but the popular version of the Arnold Palmer drink is to evenly split the components 50-50. Half tea, half lemonade.

And you can "fancy up" the basic recipe any number of ways. For example, in the ways we list on the following pages:

If you don't want to make your own, you can buy or order Arizona Arnold Palmer canned drinks or mixes of various flavors:

Want a little history of the Arnold Palmer beverage? Watch this short, produced for ESPN, that features The King himself (among others) telling the story of how this drink came to bear Arnie's name:

Here's an ABC News video with Palmer about the beverage:

And here's one more video, the SportsCenter commercial in which Arnie makes an Arnold Palmer his way:

But the Arnold Palmer name isn't limited just to beverages these days. Some chefs and home cooks have added the name to food items that incorporate the lemon-and-tea flavor base. For example, there is this Arnold Palmer Cake.

Here are several more:

Arnold Palmer Ice Cream
• 5 black tea bags
• 1/3 cup water
• 2 eggs
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 cups heavy cream
• 1/2 cup whole milk
• 2 lemons
Instructions

Arnold Palmer Cupcakes
Cupcakes:
• 2 1/2 cups AP flour
• 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/4 cups sugar
• cups frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil
• 4 egg whites
• 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
• 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons milk

Icing:
• 2 bags of Luzianne black tea
• 1 stick butter
• 4 cups powdered sugar
• 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
Instructions

Arnold Palmer Sorbet
• 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
• 2 1/4 cups water
• 4 black or orange pekoe tea bags (Lipton or something similar works great)
• 3/4 cup lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon bourbon, rum or vodka
• 1 tablespoons light corn syrup
Instructions

Once again, you can find the drink recipes here:

 

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