If you love an Arnold Palmer, you’ve got to try this Spiked Peach Arnold Palmer cocktail. Made with fresh peach, rum, vodka, sweet tea and lemonade, this cocktail screams summertime! And if you live in the south like we do, summertime is all the time!
So why is sweet tea and lemonade called an Arnold Palmer, anyway? According to Wikipedia, Arnold Palmer said he drank iced tea with lemonade at home all the time. In a report in USA Today, it was said he asked his wife to put a little lemonade in the pitcher of iced tea. He liked it so much he decided to take it in a thermos when he was playing golf.
In 1960, he was at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver for the U.S. Open and ordered the drink at the bar. A woman who was sitting nearby overheard Mr. Palmer and ordered “that Palmer drink.” And that’s all she wrote (or said!) Thanks to her, we now have the Arnold Palmer loved by so many!
In fact, SO many people love this concoction that the rights to the Arnold Palmer were sold to the AriZona Beverage company, where it’s done very well.
Here’s a video of the man himself making his namesake drink:
My husband and I played golf at Bay Hill, Mr. Palmer’s home course, just after he passed. We were so sad we never got the chance to see him play in person. He was loved by everyone and truly missed.
We’ve taken the perfection of the Arnold Palmer and added to it, making this a refreshing cocktail. And thanks to Mr. Palmer, we already knew sweet tea and lemonade was a great combination.
Spiked Peach Arnold Palmer Cocktail
Ingredients (makes 1)
1 oz Bacardi liquor
1 oz Citron Vodka
1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
1 cup Sweet tea
1/2 cup Lemonade
1/2 lemon for garnish ( wheels )
1 mint sprig for garnish
Slice the peach in half and remove the seed.
Take half of your peach, chop into cubes, and add to your blender on puree.
Take the other half of your peach and slice into quarters.
Fill glass 3/4 of the way full with ice and add your peach slices.
Using a bar shaker add your liquors, peach mix, and lemonade.
Shake to combine.
Pour mix into the glass and top with sweet tea.
Garnish with lemon wheels and mint.