Herschel’s Arnold Palmer

Let’s face it…summer has come to an end. And with it, the days of drinking lemonade and soaking up the sun are over.

Enter: Fall.

The leaves are turning an orangey, reddish, yellow color and hues of tan and brown are appearing on your mantle piece in the form of festive decorations. While you desire the sweet lemony goodness of summer past, the thought of work and school and sheer responsibility makes you crave a stronger drink, a drink with more pick-me-up.

Ripe for the transition from Summer to Fall, the Arnold Palmer is the sweet and sane combination of lemonade and iced tea, making for a slightly caffeinated, fruity occurrence. Remember the old times and bring in the new with this cleverly and simply concocted drink.

If you’re a curious one and want to know why this drink is called an Arnold Palmer, click here.

If you want to know how to make an Arnold Palmer, then you’re in the right place.

BELOW IS AN ORIGINAL RECIPE. It is called “Herschel’s Arnold Palmer” because it was concocted in honor of my grandpa, Herschel.

He was a wonderful man and in turn always knew how to pick wonderful drinks. When he wasn’t in the mood for his usual alcoholic choices — dangerously dry gin martinis or deliciously crispy white wines — he would always, always get an Arnold Palmer.

WARNING! This drink is not for the weak at heart. It makes you want to throw on your sports coat and hit the town after a hard day’s work. It makes you take life’s lemons and give them a good squeeeeeze. And if you feel the urge to do any of the above after taking a sip of Herschel’s Arnold Palmer, you will indeed become a little more like Herschel himself — sweet, fun, and full of energy. You’ll never think of an Arnold Palmer the same way again.

Recipe for Herschel’s Arnold Palmer

Servings: 8 cups (2 quarts)

Time: 30 minutes (ish)

Difficulty: Easy peasy lemon-squeeeezy


Simple Syrup (1 part water : 1 part sugar)

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

Iced Tea

  • 2 tea bags of earl grey, 2 tea bags of constant comment
    • *Note: for less caffeine, use decaffeinated tea
    • Trick: use 1 tea bag for each cup of tea you want to make
  • 4 cups water


  • 1 cup lemon juice (roughly 7 lemons ~ although mine were tiny)
  • 2 cups water

Optional: whiskey/bourbon of your choosing


The Simple Syrup:

  1. Grab a small to medium sized pot.
  2. Throw 1 1/2 cups water into it. Put on stove over medium heat.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, pour 1 1/2 cups sugar into the water.
  4. Stir constantly until all sugar is dissolved. If the sugar is giving you some trouble and won’t dissolve, then you need to add a tad more water. Repeat, repeat, repeat, until sugar is all gone, girl.
  5. Remove from heat and put a lid on it.

*Note: Watch where you put that wooden spoon. Anywhere it goes, ants and young children may follow.

The Iced Tea:

  1. Boil 4 cups of water.
  2. Pour into heat resistant pitcher or measuring cup (I used a 4 cup measuring cup).
  3. Add tea bags. Steep for 10 minutes or so.

Trick: Tie the tea bag strings to the handle of the pot so they don’t fall in. Otherwise, it’s absolute chaos.

  1. After the tea looks reasonably (tall) dark (and handsome), add 2/3 to 1 cup simple syrup to it — you will have leftover syrup to add later, if desired.

The Lemonade:

  1. Grab 7 lemons or so — you may need more or less depending on the size of the lemon.
  2. Slice lemons in half.
  3. Either use a juicer or manually squeeze lemons into measuring cup. Fill 1 cup.
  4. Get a very big heat resistant pitcher that will hold 8 cups (I used an 8 cup measuring cup).
  5. If you manually squeezed the lemons, use a strainer to pour the lemon juice into the pitcher without adding any pulp/seeds.
  6. Depending on how sweet you like your lemonade, add 2/3 to 1 cup of simple syrup. Remember that wooden spoon? Use it to stir the simple syrup into the lemon juice.
  7. Add 2 cups water. Stir again.

All Together Now

If you did it right (if, if is good), then you should have about 4 cups of tea and 4 cups of lemonade by this point. Add the iced tea to the lemonade for a total of 8 cups or 2 quarts. Use that wooden spoon to mix. If you like your Arnold Palmer sweeter, feel free to add the leftover simple syrup.


Serving Suggestions

Add ice to individual glasses. Pour in mixture. Drink until satisfied.

For an *Extra Palmy* Arnold Palmer: add 0.75 ounces of whiskey or bourbon ( 3/4 of a shot) into each glass. Jim Beam works great…

*Note: If using measuring cups, I suggest using a ladle to pour the mixture into drinks. The pitcher itself doesn’t exactly pour very well with liquids (big pitchers are made for cake mix/ thicker things). I foolishly tried to pour the measuring cup and it spilled all over the kitchen counter.

Quick Clean-Up

I tend to keep everything on the cutting board for an easy clean up. That way any sugary substance stays on the cutting board and away from the counter. Regardless, scrub counters thoroughly with soap and water. If an army of ants marches into your house anyway, try using baby powder (with talcum) at the army’s entrances and exits. It bothers the ants’ little feet and they won’t cross it.


Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

To learn more about simple syrup and its uses, click here.

To see what type of measuring cups I used, click HERE.

To see ants construct a cool ant bridge, CLICK HERE.