John Daly (drink)

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John Daly
TypeMixed drink
Primary alcohol by volume
Commonly used ingredientsLemonade, Iced tea
NotesA tongue-in-cheek reference to an Arnold Palmer named after professional golfer John Daly

A John Daly is an alcoholic mixed drink consisting of lemonade, iced tea, and vodka, named after American golfer John Daly. It can also be made with lemonade and sweet tea vodka (a vodka infusion).[1][2] The drink is an alcoholic version of the Arnold Palmer (also named after an American golfer). The name is a tongue-in-cheek nod to Daly's problems with alcohol abuse.[3]

The drink was initially made popular at the Whiskey Creek Golf Course in Fort Myers, Florida, by bartender Daton Lewis during Daly's 2005 run at the Dirty Gator Open. 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 "Grip it and Rip it" catch phrase.[citation needed] Bottled by Frank-Lin Distiller's in Fairfield, California, 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]


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]

P.F. Chang's serves a version using mango rum called a Spiked Lemon Tea.

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  1. ^ Richard Goldsmith (May 27, 2010). "Sweet Tea Vodka". Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  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. Archived from the original on 20 December 2010. 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.