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Two bourbon Arnold Palmers in Mason jars

Bourbon Arnold Palmer

  • Author: Kathryn | Urban Foodie Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 drinks 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Cuisine: American


The traditional Arnold Palmer is a combination of lemonade and iced tea, pretty simple. To give this version a twist I added some basil simple syrup and a splash of bourbon for a great summer cocktail.



For the simple syrup: 

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water 
  • 3 fresh basil leaves

For the cocktail: 

  • 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice 
  • 4 ounces of cold water
  • 24 tablespoons basil simple syrup 
  • 2 cups of freshly brewed black tea
  • 23 ounces of bourbon
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional) 


  1. Make the simple syrup.  Add the sugar, water and basil to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently until the sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Strain to remove the basil leaves.  
  2. Make the lemonade.  Pour the water and lemon juice into a large pitcher.  Stir to combine.  Stir in simple syrup to taste (start with about a tablespoon). 
  3. Make the cocktail.  Add ice to two glasses or mason jars. Divide the lemonade between the two glasses.  Add half of the tea to each glass.  Top with bourbon and garnish with fresh basil leaves.  Enjoy! 


  • Unless you like very sweet drinks you’ll likely have leftover simple syrup.  Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a month. 

Keywords: Summer drinks