The Story of How Arnold Palmers Were Created

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Have you ever had an Arnold Palmer before? This classic American drink, a mix of iced tea and lemonade, has gained popularity over the past few decades and steadily earned its place as one of the most popular summertime drinks in the country. So, just how did this drink get its name, and where does it come from?

A Legendary Golfer

Arnold Palmer was a legendary American golfer from Latrobe, Pennsylvania who won seven Major Championships in the 1950s and 1960s, becoming one of the best golfers of his time.

After golfing, Palmer was known to head to the country club at the course he was playing and order a drink that consisted of three parts unsweetened ice tea and one part lemonade in order to cool down.

Word Of Mouth

Palmer often ordered his special drink at country clubs where he was known by simply ordering a “Mr. Palmer.” The waitstaff at places like Augusta National and his hometown club of Latrobe Country Club always knew what he was talking about.

However, according to Palmer himself, in the late 1960s in Palm Springs, California, a woman overheard him ordering his signature drink at a country club and said that she would like one of those “Mr. Palmers” too. From there, the drink spread by word of mouth all over the country until it became a household name. Cheers to Arnold Palmer and his special, delicious drink!