Recipe: Captain Palmer Cocktail

updated May 17, 2022
Captain Palmer Cocktail
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Spiced rum doesn’t really scream summer to me, but iced tea sure does! Mix them together and you get a refreshing lemony tea with an adult spin. This cocktail has a lovely spicy kick, perfect for sipping outside on a hot summer eve. Not to mention, it can be whipped up in less than 10 minutes.

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You may have guessed a Captain Palmer is a spin on the classic Arnold Palmer, a non-alcoholic drink of half iced tea and half lemonade. Over the years, it’s taken on a cocktail twist with the addition of gin or vodka. This week’s 10-Minute Happy Hour spices it up with the always popular Captain — Captain Morgan that is.

Serve this sip alongside any of your favorite traditional summer foods. From tea sandwiches to a rack of ribs, the Captain Palmer works. Put this drink on your menu this weekend or fire up the grill and enjoy one while cooking tonight’s dinner. Happy summer sipping!

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Captain Palmer Cocktail

Serves 1

Nutritional Info


  • 3 ounces

    brewed tea

  • 1 tablespoon

    honey (or agave nectar)

  • 1 to 2 ounces

    Captain Morgan Spiced Rum (see Recipe Note)

  • 1/2 ounce

    freshly-squeezed lemon juice

  • Lemon slice, for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients, except the lemon wedge, in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with the lemon wedge and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

I recommend 1 ounce for day-time drinking and two ounces of rum if it's happy hour!

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