# How many calories in a Arnold Palmer spiked half and half?

The number of calories in an Arnold Palmer spiked half and half can vary depending on the specific ingredients and sizes. An average 12 oz Arnold Palmer spiked half and half may contain around 200-250 calories.

## Calculating Calories in an Arnold Palmer Spiked Half and Half

An Arnold Palmer is a non-alcoholic beverage made from equal parts iced tea and lemonade. A “spiked” Arnold Palmer contains alcohol, usually vodka. A “half and half” Arnold Palmer contains half iced tea and half lemonade.

To determine the calories in a spiked half and half Arnold Palmer, we need to look at the calorie counts of each ingredient:

### Iced Tea

A 12 oz serving of brewed, unsweetened black iced tea contains:

• 0 calories

Since the Arnold Palmer contains half iced tea, there are 0 calories from the iced tea.

A 12 oz serving of lemonade can contain:

• 120-150 calories (if made with sugar)
• 50-80 calories (if made with artificial sweetener)

Let’s assume the lemonade is on the lower end, with 50 calories per 6 oz serving.

For a half and half Arnold Palmer, made with 6 oz lemonade, that’s 50 calories from the lemonade.

### Vodka

A 1.5 oz serving (a typical shot) of 80 proof (40%) vodka contains:

• 96 calories

So a standard 1.5 oz shot of vodka in the spiked Arnold Palmer will add 96 calories.

### Total Calories

Adding up the calories from each ingredient:

• Iced tea: 0 calories
• 6 oz lemonade: 50 calories
• 1.5 oz vodka: 96 calories

The total calories in a 12 oz spiked half and half Arnold Palmer is approximately 146 calories.

This can vary based on the exact ingredients and portion sizes used. For example, using a more caloric lemonade or additional vodka would increase the calories.

## Nutritional Information for Common Arnold Palmer Ingredients

To get a better idea of the potential calorie range, let’s look at the nutritional contents of the common ingredients in more detail:

### Iced Tea

Beverage Serving Size Calories
Brewed black tea, unsweetened 12 oz 0
Brewed tea, sweetened with 2 tsp sugar 12 oz 70
Bottled sweet tea 12 oz 120-150

As you can see, unsweetened iced tea contains 0 calories, while sweetened varieties contain 70-150 calories per 12 oz serving.

Beverage Serving Size Calories
Fresh lemonade, sweetened with sugar 12 oz 120-150
Store-bought lemonade, sweetened 12 oz 100-130
Diet lemonade, sweetened with artificial sweetener 12 oz 50-80

Lemonade can range from 50-150 calories per 12 oz serving depending on whether it is sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners.

### Vodka

Beverage Serving Size Calories
Vodka, 80 proof 1.5 oz shot 96

All straight 80 proof vodkas contain around 96 calories per 1.5 oz shot. Flavored vodkas may contain slightly more calories from added sugars.

## Calorie Ranges for Different Arnold Palmer Recipes

Based on typical calorie counts for each ingredient, we can estimate calorie ranges for different types of Arnold Palmer recipes:

Beverage Serving Size Calorie Range
Non-alcoholic Arnold Palmer 12 oz 50-300
Spiked Arnold Palmer 12 oz 150-400
Half and half Arnold Palmer 12 oz 100-250
Spiked half and half Arnold Palmer 12 oz 200-350

As you can see, the calorie count can vary significantly based on the different ingredients used. But in general, a 12 oz spiked half and half Arnold Palmer will contain around 200-250 calories.

## Tips for Lightening Up Your Arnold Palmer

If you’re looking to lighten up your spiked Arnold Palmer, here are some tips:

• Use unsweetened iced tea
• Add more iced tea and less lemonade for a lighter tea flavor
• Use calorie-free vodka like vodka soda instead of regular vodka
• Use less vodka or opt for a single shot instead of a double
• Garnish with lemon or mint instead of high calorie cream or simple syrup
• Drink over ice to dilute and stretch the beverage for fewer calories per glass

Following some of these tips can help reduce the calories in a spiked Arnold Palmer by 50-100 calories per serving.

## The Bottom Line

An Arnold Palmer spiked half and half generally contains around 200-250 calories in a typical 12 oz serving. This estimate is based on:

• 6 oz unsweetened iced tea: 0 calories
• 6 oz regular lemonade: 50 calories
• 1.5 oz vodka: 96 calories

Exact calories will depend on the specific ingredients and portion sizes used in each drink. Choosing light options like diet lemonade, unsweetened tea, and low calorie vodka can reduce the calories in a spiked Arnold Palmer. Diluting with ice and adjusting portion sizes can also lighten up this popular golf course cocktail.