Cheap and Easy Homemade Arnold Palmer’s

I used to drink a lot of soda and even though I tried to find something else, I never had much luck. I really love iced tea but I am not a big fan of fresh brewed tea. It has to have lemon in it. I tried making it at home but it took to many lemons to get the flavor I wanted. Let’s face it, if I have to spend $5 on lemons, it’s not really cost efficient anymore.

One day I went to have lunch with my “Local Mom”, Victoria, and she ordered an Arnold Palmer. Right away I thought it was an alcoholic beverage. When I asked what it was, she said it was half lemonade and half iced tea. I had never heard of this drink before.  I tried it and I loved it! This is what I drink 90% of the time now. It is rare that I order or buy soda anymore. I even discovered a few months ago that Starbucks sells a Tazo® Black Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade that is good too. However, at $3.95 a pop for the Trenta and that “liquid sugar” they pump into it, I had to figure out a way to make these to drink at home.

I can do without sugar in my tea but sometimes I do need a little to help the taste. I know it’s just me but sometimes it seems to have more of that “fresh tea” taste than others. Yea, yea.. I know…. You can take or leave the sugar listed below depending on how you like your tea. Add more, add less, add none! I found that 1/4 c is just right for me personally. In a gallon of iced tea, that really isn’t a lot considering how much is in a bottle of soda. Even the little packets of Kool-Aid call for a cup per 2 quarts!

When I say these are inexpensive, I mean it is way cheaper than soda! That store that I refuse to admit that I sometimes go to, that starts with a “W”, sells Lipton Cold Brew Pitcher Size Tea Bags in a 22 count for around $3. This makes 5.5 gallons, Kool-Aid mix is about $.10, water is free and the sugar I can’t even calculate. Well, I can but I just really don’t want to do the math at this hour of the night. So a gallon pitcher of these costs, less than $.75.


  • 1 gallon of water
  • 4 Lipton Cold Brew Tea Bags
  • 1 packet of Kool-Aid Lemonade (Store brand works the same!)
  • 1/4 c of sugar

Brew your tea as instructed on the package, add the lemonade mix, stir, add the sugar, stir, chill/add ice and drink!

Disclosure: This is a personal post because I just felt like doing one. Not because I was asked to, paid to or given anything. That is still allowed right?

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