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The Most Refreshing Boozy Arnie Palmer Cocktail (John Daly Drink)

Boozy Arnie Palmer cocktails aka the John Daly drink are an adult version of the classic combination of lemonade and iced tea. You’ll love these alcoholic Arnold Palmer drinks as a refreshing summer cocktail choice!

Boozy Arnie Palmers
Boozy Arnie Palmers
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Another cocktail that isn’t pink! The world must be ending since I have a serious affinity for all the pink cocktails.

I do mean all of them. There’s a 90 percent possibility that any cocktail recipe I share is pink. For example:

See what I mean?

I really like pink cocktails.

But lemon and citrus cocktails like this Arnold Palmer drink with vodka and limoncello with give them a run for their money.

I am all about these refreshing sippers and boozy lemonade slushies , Spiked Lemonade, Limoncello Spritz Recipe (Limoncello and Prosecco Cocktail) and Boozy Strawberry Lemonade Slushies.

This summer? I started off loving frozen pineapple mimosas but I’ve moved on.

Boozy Arnie Palmer cocktails all the way.

What is an Arnie Palmer?

Boozy Arnie Palmers
Boozy Arnie Palmers

An Arnie Palmer, or Arnold Palmer drink, is half lemonade and half iced tea.

The golfer Arnie Palmer often ordered this combination to drink, hence its name.

It’s like the lemoniest iced tea.

Super yummy.

What is a John Daly drink?

John Daly is yet another famous golfer and the name inspiration of this spiked Arnie Palmer.

When you order a John Daly drink from a bar, you’ll get lemonade, iced tea, and vodka.

My version is slightly different with limoncello and lemon vodka.

Ingredients and Kitchen Tools

You don’t need a whole lot to make this alcoholic Arnie Palmer.

To make it you’ll need:

  • Iced Tea– I highly recommend homemade iced tea. It’s very easy to make and so better than store bought. However, if you do use a store bought tea, look for a lemon flavored one.
  • Liquor– Both limoncello and lemon vodka. If you only have one or the other, just substitute it for the same amount of the other liqueur.
  • Garnish– Lemon wedges, mint leaves, etc.

Kitchen tools include:

How do I make an Arnie Palmer Cocktail?

Arnold Palmer drinks with vodka and limoncello
Boozy Arnold Palmer Drink

1. Rim the glasses with sugar.

This is optional but does make for an extra pretty presentation.

To do it, just slice a lemon wedge and run the lemon along the rim of your glass to dampen it.

Then dunk the glass into a shallow bowl filled about an inch deep with sugar.

1. Mix the iced tea and alcohol together.
Fill up a glass with 8 ounces of iced tea.

Then I added an ounce of limoncello and another ounce of lemon vodka.

Stir and garnish with a lemon slice if desired.


Boozy Arnie Palmers
Boozy Arnie Palmers

Don’t I need to add lemonade?

Well, it depends. My homemade iced tea has a lot of lemon juice in it. If you are using tea that doesn’t have lemon in it, then yes, in that case I would do 2/3 cup of iced tea and 1/3 cup lemonade. I wouldn’t do half and half because you get lots of lemon flavor from the liquor.

What are other names for a spiked Arnie Palmer cocktail?

You may hear this combination of iced tea, lemonade, and liquor called a John Daly or a dirty Palmer. Whatever you call it, these boozy Arnold Palmer drink cocktails are perfect whenever the weather is warm!

What is the base alcohol in a dirty Palmer?

Most versions use vodka as the base. This version uses part vodka and part limoncello.

Does an Arnie Palmer drink have caffeine?

Yes, it has some because of the tea in it. The USDA lists 8 ounces of iced tea as having 8mg of caffeine. This varies some based on how the tea was brewed and whether or not the tea was decaffeinated.

Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure your iced tea (and lemonade if using) is nice and cold before you make these drinks.
  • This cocktail recipe is written for one drink but you could easily double, triple, or more the recipe and serve it in a pitcher or punchbowl for a party!
  • You can skip rimming the glasses with sugar if you prefer.
  • Lemon wedges and mint leaves make pretty garnishes for this boozy Arnie Palmer cocktail!

That’s it! There’s not much to it before you’re enjoying these cocktails outside this summer. Cheers!

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Boozy Arnie Palmers

Boozy Arnie Palmers

An adult version of the classic Arnie Palmer combination of lemonade and iced tea, these boozy Arnie Palmers are the perfect summer cocktail.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Arnie Palmer, Boozy Arnie Palmers, cocktails, iced tea, lemonade, limoncello. vodka
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 261kcal
Author: jfletcher


  • 1 cup of iced tea
  • 1 ounces limoncello
  • 1 ounces lemon vodka
  • lemon wedges for garnish


  • Add all the ingredients to a glass and stir. Garnish with lemon.


If you are using a less lemon flavored tea than my homemade iced tea recipe, add 2/3 cup of iced tea and 1/3 cup lemonade.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 24mg | Sugar: 34g | Calcium: 7mg
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  1. adriana says:

    What a great idea for a hot day!

  2. Angela says:

    I love cocktails during the summer months. This looks cool and refreshing, can’t wait to make one!!

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