Celebrate the Masters with the Classic Arnold Palmer Drink

Celebrate the Masters with the Classic Arnold Palmer Drink

As golf enthusiasts around the world tune in to watch the Masters Tournament, what better way to celebrate than with a refreshing Arnold Palmer? This iconic beverage, named after the legendary golfer and four-time Masters champion Arnold Palmer, is a delightful mix of iced tea and lemonade. Perfect for sipping while you watch the game, this drink offers a sweet taste of tradition and a nod to one of golf's greatest players.

The Origins of the Arnold Palmer Drink

The story of the Arnold Palmer drink begins with the man himself. Arnold Palmer, known for his charismatic personality and influence on golf, popularized this beverage by frequently requesting it. The name originated at a Palm Springs restaurant in the late 1960s. After a long day designing a golf course, Palmer ordered his favourite refreshment—a simple yet delicious blend of iced tea and lemonade. A nearby diner heard his order and requested "that Arnold Palmer drink," and a classic was born.

The Drink's Popularity and Variations

The Arnold Palmer has become a staple inside and outside the golf community. While traditionally non-alcoholic, the drink has inspired an alcoholic version known as the John Daly, which includes vodka. In 2018, Arnold Palmer Spiked—a malt-based alcoholic beverage—was introduced, catering to those seeking a stronger version while enjoying the classic flavor profile.

In 2012, the drink was even featured in an ESPN 30 for 30 Shorts documentary, which showcased its popularity and cultural impact. Whether you prefer it sweet or unsweet, the Arnold Palmer can be customized to taste, but the classic version remains a favorite.

How to Make an Arnold Palmer: Recipe 


  • 1/2 cup freshly brewed iced tea (unsweetened or sweetened, according to preference)
  • 1/2 cup lemonade
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon slices for garnish (optional)


  1. Fill a glass halfway with ice cubes.
  2. Pour the lemonade over the ice until the glass is half full.
  3. Add the iced tea to top off the glass.
  4. Stir gently to mix.
  5. Garnish with a lemon slice for an extra touch of citrus flair.

Serving Suggestion: Enjoy your Arnold Palmer in a highball glass with a straw, perfect for leisurely afternoons watching the Masters or a relaxing day outdoors.

A Toast to Tradition

As you enjoy the Masters this year, whether you're a golf fan or love a good story, pouring an Arnold Palmer is a great way to pay homage to a legend and enjoy a piece of golf history. This drink symbolizes Arnold Palmer's contribution to the sport and embodies a legacy of refreshment and style. Cheers to Arnold Palmer, the golfer and the beverage that made history!

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