Favorite Summer Drinks

Arnold Palmer's Own "Arnie Palmer " Recipe

   Arnold Palmer, like my family, and many other families did in the 60's, liked iced tea.

 In 1960 at the U.S. Open at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Palmer ordered a glass of half tea - half lemonade at the bar. A woman sitting nearby overheard him, and ordered "that Palmer drink", thus giving the beverage its name.

 ESPN produced a 30 for 30 Shorts documentary on the drink, featuring Palmer, beverage experts, a group of PGA golfers and comedian Will Arnett discussing the drink's history and popularity.

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 was called a Half & Half.


The two liquid ingredients in the Arnie Palmer drink are poured over ice and served with a lemon wedge.

Usually, an Arnie Palmer is served in a Collins glass or a highball glass, both of which are tall, narrow tumblers that resemble a standard pint glass in which beer on tap is traditionally served. A Collins glass, however, is a bit taller, containing 12-16 ounces versus a highball's 8-12 ounces.

To make a single serving of the drink, use about 5 ounces each of the two liquid ingredients. To make a party-sized pitcher or punch bowl, use about 65 ounces each.

The John Daly

  A version of Arnie's drink is the John Daly. Consisting of lemonade, iced tea, and vodka, named after the hard-partying, chain-smoking, crowd-favorite - John Daly.

Cigarettes are optional.

~ All Access Sporting News

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