What do you do when the temperatures climb into triple digits and the dog gives you dirty looks when you reach for the leash? Well, around here I fill a pitcher with ice and start pouring an Arnold Palmer spiked with vodka. Cool and refreshing- it's one of those perfect cocktails that will tame the hottest summer day.
For this recipe you'll need: sweet tea, lemonade, vodka, citron vodka (optional) lemon slices
This recipe is meant for readers 21 and over - please drink responsibly.
This recipe is so easy that it's embarrassing and, y'all, I really thought about not posting it. I mean, who doesn't know how to make an Arnold Palmer spiked with vodka?
Apparently quite a few of you, since I have been asked about how to do it.
We're smack dab in the Dog Days around here. Heat hit with a vengeance last week and we've been in triple digits. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw my story where the plastic handle of tongs I was grilling with got melty and sticky sitting on my chair. This morning I turned on the faucet to get a drink of water and then dang water came out hot - about bath temperature.
This spiked sweet tea is one of my favorite summer drinks. It encourages you to sit on the porch and read a book or just watch the world go by. It's sweet and refreshing with just a little bite from the vodka. I tend to make mine on the weak side because I like to have a couple of them without passing out on the porch with drool running out of the side of my mouth.
But you know if that DID happen we'd be sure to have someone come to the door. #mylife
Spiked Arnold Palmer Drink Variations
Anyway, I'm giving you the basic drink recipe but don't be afraid to tweak it a little. Some of the variations of made are:
- Bourbon instead of vodka
- Citron vodka
- Adding a little splash of peach schnapps
- Using orange juice instead of lemonade
- Using limeade instead of lemonade
- Adding a little fresh mint
You get the idea.
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Arnold Palmer Spiked with Vodka Recipe
Sweet tea and lemonade - it's the drink of summer! Add a little vodka and it becomes a simple pitcher drink to sip with friends. If you love this recipe please give it 5 stars.
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- 1 cup sweet tea, , cold
- 1/3 cup lemonade, , cold
- 2 ounces vodka, , don't get a cheap one
- 1/2 ounce citron flavored vodka, , optional
- 1 lemon slice, , garnish
- Pour the tea, lemonade, and both vodkas over ice in a shaker.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a glass filled with ice and add the lemon slice.