The Arnold Palmer (and Recipe)

ESPN's 30 for 30 Shorts have been good so far but this one on the Arnold Palmer is the most fun.

[Note: there is a great ESPN 30 for 30 Short on the Arnold Palmer which has been taken off the internet. It is a great short piece and we'll keep an eye out hoping it becomes available again.]

There are a couple of notable bits:


  • Even now you can see Arnie has a magnatism unlike any player in today's game. Even in the cold 2-dimensions of a computer screen, he draws you into his genuine warm sphere. 
  • Will Arnett shows his hockey loyalty to his hometown Maple Leafs with the cup and then hilariously makes his own "Will Arnett" drink ... which appears to be a homemade Sprite.

So you can buy crappy pre-made iced tea and lemonade or perhaps the Arizona stuff in the can (which I drink in a pinch but for some strange reason is a bit slimy). Just as fast and ten times as delicious, make a pitcher of your own in less than 15 minutes. All you need to know how to do is boil water:


Iced-Tea: Nothing fancy here - Lipton Tea is classic (the tea bags not the powdered stuff) but any black tea bag is fine (orange pekoe is common in these parts). Just boil a pot of about 6 cups of water and put in 3-4 bags of tea in and let steep for 5 minutes and then take bags out. Not much longer or it gets bitter.

Simple Syrup: While tea is steeping, put in one cup of sugar (white granulated is fine) and one cup of water in a separate small saucer/pot and heat on the stove until sugar is completely dissolved. You do this because granulated sugar doesn't dissolve so well in cold water. This only take a couple minutes.

Lemonade: Take 4-5 lemons, cut them in half and squeeze them into a pitcher (don't let seeds drop in). Add about 4 cups of cold water and as much Simple Syrup as you want until you get to the sweetness you like (will likely be most of the syrup). Add a handfull of ice here too because the Simple Syrup will still be hot so this will cool down the mixture. 

Assemble: No need to wait for the tea to cool off, just dump enough ice into the pot of hot tea until it gets to room temperature (2-3 handfulls but don't dilute too much). Fill a tall glass with ice and fill 1/3 with lemonade and then fill up rest with the tea (Arnie says about 25-33% lemonade so that's good enough for me). Cut a lemon wedge to garnish.


Done. Delicious. Refreshing. 10 minutes total time and you don't have to be a cook or a mixologist. Anyone can do it. You can adjust sweetness to your taste (if you like tea sweet, you can add some Simple Syrup to the tea). I've done it more times than I can remember. I promise it will be the best Arnold Palmer you can have ... aside from sitting down and having one with the King himself. 


Douglas Han