Grilled Arnold Palmer Cocktail

The unboozy Arnold Palmer-named after the golfer-is a mix of half lemonade and half iced tea. We kept the tea and added grilled-lemon lemonade[ and a shot of bourbon for a sophisticated, not-too-sweet take on this favorite summer drink.]

Total Time:
40 min
5 min
25 min
10 min

4 servings

  • 6 large lemons, halved horizontally (not through the stem end)
  • 4 black tea bags
  • 1 1/4 cups honey
  • 2 to 4 ounces of your favorite bourbon
  • Prepare a grill or large grill pan for high heat.

  • Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Turn off the heat, add the tea bags and let steep for 5 minutes. Discard the bags, pour the hot tea into a liquid measuring cup and let cool for 10 minutes at room temperature, stirring occasionally. Let the tea chill in the refrigerator while you grill the lemons.

  • Slice one of the lemon halves into 4 thin rounds. Place the remaining halves flesh-side down on the grill pan, and cook until the flesh is deeply charred, about 5 minutes, rotating the lemons as needed so they char evenly. Place the sliced rounds on the grill, and char on both sides, about 3 minutes total. Transfer the lemon halves to a plate, and let cool for at least 10 minutes. (You will be squeezing them, so they should be cool enough to handle.) Reserve the charred rounds for garnish.

  • Squeeze the cooled lemon halves into a medium bowl or a liquid measuring cup (you should have about 1 cup of juice). Whisk in the honey and 1 cup cold water.

  • To serve, fill 4 tall glasses with ice. Divide the lemonade mixture equally among them. Stir 1/2 to 1 ounce bourbon into each glass. Slowly pour 1/4 of the chilled tea into each glass-it should float on top of the lemonade, making a two-layer drink. Garnish each glass with a charred lemon slice, and serve immediately.

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