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Arnie's First Drink


The late 1950s and early 1960s witnessed Arnold Palmer making professional golf his own personal showcase. Winning seven majors in six years, Mr. Palmer was well on his way to legendary status. As his popularity rose, so did his fan base, which became known as Arnie’s Army. Not only did people want to golf like Arnold Palmer, but they wished to model their life after their hero too. This included drinking the beverages Mr. Palmer ordered.

One day during the late 1960s, after a long day of designing a course in the Palm Springs area, Arnold Palmer was ordering lunch and asked the waitress for a mixture of lemonade and iced tea. A woman sitting nearby overheard what he ordered and told the waitress, “I’ll have that Palmer drink.” Thus, the Palmer drink became known as an “Arnold Palmer,” and has spread throughout the golfing world and into mainstream America.