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Friday 20 April 2018

Here's the brilliant tale of how Arnold Palmer ended up getting one of America's most popular drinks named after him

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Arnold Palmer, known as 'The King' of golf, leaves behind a vast legacy after passing away this morning at 88 - but you might not be aware of one of his lasting achievements.

Palmer famously won seven Majors - including four Masters titles - as his aggressive play and charismatic personality brought golf to the masses for the first time. The American was beloved by fans throughout the world, and it was this overwhelming popularity that helped spawn one of America's most beloved soft drinks.

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At the height of his fame, Palmer was at a golf course in California when, absolutely parched, he approached the bar to order a cold refreshment. He decided on an unusual mix - three parts Iced tea and one part lemonade.

In a 2012 ESPN short film about the drink, Palmer says that after a woman overhead him ordering, she then to the barman that said she wanted 'that Palmer drink'. The popularity of the beverage picked up from there until eventually, in 2001, the 'Arnold Palmer' started being mass produced.


Today, you can buy cans of Arnold Palmer in American shops, which means that even non-golf fans will have a reason to speak The King's name for years to come.

An alcoholic Arnold Palmer is known as a 'John Daly', named after the hell-raising two-time Major champion.

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