Lemonade Mint Iced Tea

This one is going to be short and sweet, but I needed to get this up here before summer starts in earnest, because everyone needs to have a good, dependable iced tea recipe in their back pocket.

Now, I am a big fan of something called the Arnold Palmer, which is basically a mixture of half iced tea and half lemonade. The problem is, not everyone knows that a drink that is half iced tea and half lemonade is called an Arnold Palmer. So sometimes I order it when I am at a restaurant and they write it down like it is a perfectly normal thing to order, and sometimes they look at me like I have a screw loose somewhere. I have no earthly idea why this is called an Arnold Palmer, although I think a safe bet is that Arnold Palmer used to drink glasses of half lemonade and half iced tea?

And now that you know all that helpful background, here’s a great version of this iced tea, and adding mint into the mix makes it just about perfect. Happy lazy summer days to you.


Lemonade Mint Iced Tea
  • 10 cups boiling water
  • 10 tea bags
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1 twelve ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • Sugar for sweetening (optional)
  1. Combine water, teabags and mint in large pot and let steep for 5-10 minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea. Remove tea bags.
  2. Stir in concentrate. At this point you should taste and see if you think you need some sugar. The lemonade will sweeten it somewhat, but if you like your tea pretty sweet you might need to add in some sugar.
  3. Refrigerate about one hour, or until ready to serve.


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  1. Anne D says

    I've always felt a bit self-conscious calling it an Arnold Palmer so I avoid the name and ask for 1/2 tea, 1/2 lemonade. We should invent a new name for the drink–it's my favorite.

    I just planted mint so I can spruce up my tea this summer. This recipe sounds perfect.

  2. Sarah Hawkins-Pinchers says

    I took the liberty of googling Arnold Palmer for you and found the following:

    One of Arnold Palmer's favorite drinks is a combination of half iced tea and half lemonade, a drink which is often referred to as an "Arnold Palmer" in his honor. It is now available under the name "The Original Arnold Palmer Tee", due to the fact that he is a famous American golfer!

  3. spoonandshutter says

    Hi Kate – here's my favorite, introduced to me years ago by my friend Karyl Bannister, author of the Cook & Tell almost-monthly newsletter, published on Southport Island, Maine. I try to keep a pitcher of this in my fridge all summer long!
    Fill a medium-sized saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and add 5 "regular" tea bags (I just use Lipton for this) and 5 Celestial Seasonings Raspberry Zinger tea bags. Let steep for about 15 minutes. Remove tea bags and add 1/2 cup sugar, stirring to dissolve completely. Pour into a pitcher large enough to fill 1/2 way with the tea, then fill up the pitcher with cold water. Add lemon to taste and stir well.
    If you want to check out Cook & Tell, which I heartily recommend as a great read, see http://www.cookandtell.com.

  4. K-G Knitter says

    I adore Arnold Palmers and have decided that for my cookout for the in laws this weekend, I'm starting my menu planning with this, and working my way out from there. :)

  5. oneordinaryday says

    I also love iced tea and lemonade together, but I had no idea it was called an Arnold Palmer. I'm always making new summer drinks and this is definitely refreshing. Glad you shared it.

  6. Libby says

    our little local restaurant around here calls it a "Palmerade" but since I drink it constantly, my kids have always called it a "Momerade" :)
    Never made it with frozen concentrate, but I bet it adds a nice depth or richness to it that I would enjoy. Will try it that way this afternoon!

  7. Anonymous says

    arnold palmer was a golfer!
    a very attractive one & he made up the drink & he called it by his name!
    I love this drink sooo much I gave up soda!

  8. Generic Cialis says

    there's nothing like a good lemonade mint iced tea in a hot day, just put your hammock under a tree shadow, take a deep nap, and a good glass of this delicious drink, of course share it with someone, taste better with someone to your side.

  9. Patricia Powell Jones says

    Have a big pot of different mints growing on my deck and followed your directions for mint iced tea today. I am enjoying a glass right now and it is just wonderful. Plan on trying the lemonade mint tea next. Since I love lemon, am sure it is just as delicious. Thanks for the recipes,


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