Arnold Palmer (drink)

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An Arnold Palmer

An Arnold Palmer is a beverage of iced tea and lemonade, named after American golfer Arnold Palmer.[1][2][3] An alcoholic version of the "Arnold Palmer" (generally made with vodka) is called a John Daly.[4]


According to Arnold Palmer, he was in the habit of drinking iced tea with lemonade at home, and in 1960 at the U.S. Open at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, he ordered the non-alcoholic drink at the bar. A woman sitting nearby overheard him, and ordered "that Palmer drink", thus giving the beverage its name.[5] In 2012 an ESPN 30 for 30 Shorts documentary was produced on the drink, featuring Palmer, beverage experts, a group of PGA golfers and comedian Will Arnett discussing the drink's history and popularity.[6] In the film, Palmer attributes the spreading of the drink's name to a similar incident in which a woman copied his ordering the drink at lunch while working on a golf course in Palm Springs, California. Palmer preferred three parts unsweetened tea, to one part lemonade, but when mixed equal parts tea and lemonade, the drink is sometimes called a Half & Half.[7][8]

When Palmer visited the Latrobe Country Club in his hometown, the staff at the snack shack served the beverage to him or his wife, Kit, without prompting. "Mr. Palmer should never have to order the drink named after him."[9]

Mass-produced versions[edit]

The drink was sold under the Arnold Palmer name by Innovative Flavors since 2001, with Palmer's picture and signature on the bottle. Since the mid-2000s, after the split of Palmer Industries, Arizona Beverage Company has handled distribution of the beverage.[10] Lemonade combined with iced tea is also sold without the Arnold Palmer name by other companies, such as Lipton Brisk, Honest Tea (as Half and Half), Nantucket Nectars (as Half and Half), Country Time,[11] Sweet Leaf,[12] XINGtea,[13] Snapple,[14] and Peace Iced Tea (as Caddyshack).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bamberger, Michael (2005-11-09). This Golfing Life. pp. 181–182. ISBN 9780871139283. 
  2. ^ Lampe, Ray & Beisch, Leigh. The NFL Gameday Cookbook. p. 230. 
  3. ^ Spears, Grady; et al. (2009-10-20). Cooking the Cowboy Way. p. 177. ISBN 9780740773921. 
  4. ^ Kelley, Brent. "The John Daly Drink: Recipes, and Why the Cocktail Is Named for the Golfer". Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Mentored by the King: Arnold Palmer's Success Lessons for Golf, Business ... - Brad Brewer — Google Books. 2011-02-15. ISBN 9780310585923. Retrieved 2012-11-04. 
  6. ^ "30 for 30 Shorts: The Arnold Palmer". November 28, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Arnold Palmer Drink". Retrieved September 25, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Sidewalk chefs serve up taste of Pimlico". The Baltimore Sun. May 17, 2013. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  9. ^ Schwartzel, Erich (2016-09-27). "Arnold Palmer, the Humble King of Latrobe". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-09-27. 
  10. ^ Byrd, Chris. "Tea for Tee". Kingdom Magazine. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Country Time Lemonade Iced Tea". 
  12. ^ "Sweet Leaf Half & Half". 
  13. ^ "XINGtea Half & Half". Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "Snapple Half 'n Half".