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Arnold Palmer (drink)

An Arnold Palmer is a beverage consisting of iced tea and lemonade, named after American golfer Arnold Palmer.[1][2][3]


According to 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.

Mass-produced versions

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, Arizona Beverage Company has handled distribution of the beverage. [6] 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), Country Time,[7] Sweet Leaf,[8] XINGtea,[9] Snapple,[10] and Peace Iced Tea (as Caddyshack).

See also


  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. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "30 for 30 Shorts: The Arnold Palmer". November 28, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Byrd, Chris. "Tea for Tee". Kingdom Magazine. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Country Time Lemonade Iced Tea". 
  8. ^ "Sweet Leaf Half & Half". 
  9. ^ "XINGtea Half & Half". 
  10. ^ "Snapple Half 'n Half".