John Daly (drink)

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A John Daly is an alcoholic mixed drink consisting of lemonade, iced tea, and vodka. Alternatively, it can be made with lemonade and sweet tea vodka, a vodka infusion.[1][2] These drinks are based on the non-alcoholic Arnold Palmer consisting of iced tea and lemonade. Both drinks are named after professional golfers; the John Daly name is a tongue-in-cheek nod to Daly's problems with alcohol abuse.[3]

The drink was initially made popular at the Turkey Creek Golf Course in Merrillville, IN by bartender April Komendat during Daly's 2005 run at the Houston Shell Open. John Daly considered the use of his name without authorization to be trademark infringement.[4] In response Daly formed the GIASI Beverage Company in 2010 with two of his close friends. Daly is the majority share holder. GIASI stands for Grip It And Sip It a play on words of his famous "Grip it and Rip it" catch phrase. Bottled by Frank-Lin Distiller's in Fairfield CA the official Original John Daly Cocktail came to market in 2013. Initial reach in California and Nevada has swept to 13 states including his home state of Arkansas, Texas and Illinois. GIASI offers three different flavors of the 30 proof ABV vodka based 'READY TO DRINK' cocktail: sweet tea/lemonade, peach tea/lemonade, and raspberry tea/lemonade.[5]

Variations of the John Daly[edit]

One variation is the Southern-Style John Daly, which includes bourbon and mint in place of the vodka.[6]

A stronger variation called the Happy Gilmore, named for the movie character, uses Everclear.[2]

Increasingly popular at Deer Valley Golf Course in Barneveld, WI., the Juan Daly uses tequila instead of vodka.

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  1. ^ Sweet Tea Vodka,, May 27, 2010
  2. ^ a b "Drinks for the Masters: Arnold Palmer". 5 April 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "The New Drink: The John Daly". Around Philly. 19 October 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Drink Up: John Daly doesn't like the 'John Daly'". September 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ "John Daly's new drink is like Arnold Palmer's but boozier". 20 December 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Killius, Jen (21 May 2013). "Memorial Day Drinks: 5 Fun and Easy Summer Pitcher Cocktails". Drink Philly. Retrieved 9 July 2013.