Spiked Arnold Palmer (AKA, John Daly Drink)

This Spiked Arnold Palmer drink is a boozy version of the classic, combining fresh lemonade and sweet tea vodka for a refreshing summer cocktail!

Spiked Arnold Palmer with lemons on table.


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Summer and its blazing temps are upon us, and there's nothing more refreshing this time of year than a tall glass of lemonade or a chilly iced tea. But even better when you decide to combine the two, à la a classic Arnold Palmer drink. I don't know about y'all, but despite the fact that I tend to get tongue-tied trying to say "Arnold Palmer," I sure do love drinking one!

But what about turning the beloved combo of lemonade and tea into a Spiked Arnold Palmer? In some circles, it's known as a John Daly drink. 😉 But whatever you want to call it, I'm telling you...it's the ultimate summer cocktail!

This is one of those drink recipes that's pretty much genius in its simplicity. As in, it's so easy it can hardly be called a recipe. But it's been one of my favorites for several summers now. So I feel like I'd be remiss not to share it here, just in case you've been thus far uninitiated into the wonders of a Spiked Arnold Palmer!

Spiked Arnold Palmer recipe in two glasses.


Much like the standard version, this Spiked Arnold Palmer drink contains just TWO ingredients:

  • Lemonade. Fresh-squeezed is best, of course, but if you use a good quality store-bought lemonade (ingredients = lemon juice + sugar + water), you'll be just fine.
Pitcher of lemonade for Spiked Arnold Palmer.


  • Sweet Tea Vodka. The alcohol-containing component that turns the classic mocktail into a cocktail.
Bottle of sweet tea vodka.

That's right, friends...I said sweet tea vodka. It's vodka that tastes like sweet tea (who'd have guessed?) and it was pretty much made for this alcoholic drink recipe!

How to Make a Spiked Arnold Palmer

Are y'all ready for cocktail-concocting rocket science?

  1. Make sure you start with chilled lemonade.
Pitcher of lemonade for Arnold Palmer drink.
  1. Fill a glass with ice and pour one part sweet tea vodka over the top. I used a 1-ounce shot glass.
Sweet tea vodka poured into glass of ice.
  1. Next add three parts lemonade (which, in my case, meant three ounces).
Adding lemonade to Arnold Palmer drink.
  1. Stir. Garnish. Enjoy.

Ta-daaaaaa! HOW EASY WAS THAT???

See? Hardly even a recipe. Just a simple, straightforward combination of ingredients that tastes pretty much just like a traditional, refreshing Arnold Palmer drink. Except this John Daly version has a boozy little kick.

John Daly Drink with vodka bottle in background.


Of course, if you prefer a stronger or weaker Spiked Arnold Palmer, feel free to tweak the proportions of lemonade-to-vodka to your liking.

And for a kid-friendly, non-alcoholic version, swap out the sweet tea vodka for just plain ol' iced tea. In other words, just turn this recipe back into a regular Arnold Palmer drink. 😉

Spiked Arnold Palmer drink in glass.

This Spiked Arnold Palmer is the perfect summer cocktail for mixing up in pitchers and serving at a party. It's a lovely iced beverage to enjoy on the porch while the sun sets and the mosquitos buzz. And I guarantee that if you show up at a friend's house wielding a bottle of sweet tea vodka and a jug of Chick-Fil-A fresh lemonade, you'll be invited back all summer long! Not that I speak from experience or anything...

So what are you waiting for? A classic Arnold Palmer drink may be refreshing, but a Spiked Arnold Palmer is refreshing and extra festive.

If you've been on the hunt for a signature summer cocktail, my friends, I do believe your search is over. 🙂

Spiked Arnold Palmer with lemon slice garnish.

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Spiked Arnold Palmer drink (AKA, John Daly drink) with lemon slice on glass.

Spiked Arnold Palmer (AKA, John Daly Drink)

This Spiked Arnold Palmer (AKA, John Daly Drink) is a boozy version of a classic Arnold Palmer drink, combining fresh lemonade and sweet tea vodka for a refreshing summer cocktail!
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 109kcal
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  • Ice
  • 1 ounce sweet tea vodka
  • 3 ounces lemonade (homemade or good quality store-bought), chilled
  • Lemon slices or wedges, for garnish (optional)


  • Fill a glass with ice. Add sweet tea vodka and lemonade. Stir, garnish (if desired), and serve immediately.



  • A good-quality store-bought lemonade may be substituted for homemade. I honestly love making this recipe with Chick-Fil-A lemonade. 🙂
  • If you prefer a stronger or weaker Spiked Arnold Palmer cocktail, feel free to tweak the proportions of lemonade-to-vodka to your liking.
  • For a kid-friendly, non-alcoholic version of the John Daly drink (AKA, just a regular Arnold Palmer drink), swap out the sweet tea vodka for plain, unsweetened iced tea.


Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 6mg | Sugar: 10g
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Originally published on July 15, 2019, and updated on May 7, 2021, May 27, 2023, and June 29, 2024.

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  1. 5 stars
    I'd never heard of a John Daly drink, but I really enjoyed this and it may be one of my new favorites.

  2. 5 stars
    Okay, I love Arnold Palmers and this alcohol version. Can't wait. But I wanted to ask you about your ice cubes of all things. Most ice cubes are cloudy, but yours are crystal clear. Do you make your ice cubes? What is your secret to crystal clear cubes? DO TELL! 😉

    1. Ha ha, Tania...they're actually fake! 😉 After years of taking photos of drinks with melting ice cubes that changed the look of my photos and watered everything down, I finally invested in some acrylic ones. They make my job so much easier and they look pretty. But apparently, it *is* possible to make real ice cubes that are clear. I haven't tried this myself, but I found some tips and explanations here: https://m.wikihow.com/Make-Clear-Ice. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    We’ve been drinking this at my house for almost 4 years. We call it a John Daly instead of a boozy Arnold Palmer. It the drink of choice for tailgating college football games and holidays.

    1. I've never heard it called that, Meg...thanks for enlightening me -- ha! But I agree that no matter what you call it, this drink is perfect for so many different occasions. 😉