Any time the subject of drinks named for golfers the first thing that comes to everybody’s mind is the “Arnold Palmer,” but I bet you don’t really know how and when it first got started.
Arnold Palmer is the not only golfer with a drink named after him and after doing a little research I have come up with some other golfer that should have one and suggestions on what is in it and what its name should be.
Here is the story that Palmer himself tells:
“My wife made a lot of iced tea for lunch, and I said, ‘Hey babe, I’ve got an idea.’ You make the iced tea and make a big pitcher, and we’ll just put a little lemonade in it and see how that works. We mixed it up, and I got the solution about where I wanted it and I put the lemonade in it. I had it for lunch after working on the golf course. I thought, ‘Boy, this is great, babe. I’m going to take it when I play golf. I’m going to take a thermos of iced tea and lemonade.’ “
He goes on to tell the story about being in a restaurant in a Palm Springs where ordered the drink to his specifications and was overheard by a woman sitting nearby. “I want an Arnold Palmer,” she told the waitress. “I want what he ordered.”
That is how the mixed drink got its name and his legend spread beyond the golf course. Interesting factoid -ten years ago, the rights to the drink were sold to AriZona Beverage Co. Sales exceeded $100 million in 2010.
According to Arnie it is essential that the drink be primarily iced tea – not half and half as many think.
The Golden Bear also has his own lemonade drink. The name is Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Lemonade. It was introduced in 2012. He is also branching out into Jack Nicklaus ice cream. You can wash it down with a can of Jack Nicklaus lemonade.
It was served at the recent dinner that he hosted for the Ryder Cup Team and will be available in seven flavors:
Coffee and Donuts
Warm Spiced Butter Pecan
Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl
Salted Caramel Toffee
I check with my Facebook friends and Twitter followers and they came up with the following suggestions for other golfers and drinks.
The name of choice was Tiger Woods — Infideli-Tea
Directions: Mix Grey Goose, green tea, and absinthe on top of crushed ice. I almost forgot, like the specialty Moscow Mule tin cup, you have to serve in an extremely polished, painstakingly-crafted golden chalice.
I guess some people have trouble letting things go some times. Tiger’s line of Gatorade products ended in 2010, but it will live on for many.
Real Tiger Woods: cranberry juice, lemonade, iced tea.
It is a tradition for golfers to drink their favorite beverage out the Claret Jug when the win The Open. Phil got some attention when he drank a $40,000 (no that is not a typo) bottle of wine out of it. His drink is any fine wine mixed with an energy drink. It is named the “Magical Vino.”
His drink is basically very simple. It consists of pouring 14 cans of Busch Light into a bucket. Garnish with chicken wings. It’s called the “Grip It and Sip It!”
Since Bubba doesn’t drink, his is non-alcoholic. It is made with pink lemonade and raspberry iced tea and is called the “Gerry Watson.”
2 parts Shark Red Wine which is described as vivid aromas of blackberry pie, fig, vanilla and plum with a nice mix of blueberry and blackberry flavors and sweet oak and creamy vanilla notes.
Fill a pint glass with ice cubes. Pour orange-flavored vodka, triple sec, and orange juice over ice; top with lemon-lime soda. Mix well and garnish with orange slice. It is named “The Orange Crush.”
Please feel free to add additional drinks to the list by simply making comments with the name of the golfer, the ingredients, and a name.