The Story Behind The Arnold Palmer
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 Arnold Palmer drink.” And the eponymous beverage was born.
Arnold had been drinking the combination for years. After a hot day on the course at Latrobe Country Club, he would ask his wife Winnie to make him an iced tea with lemonade.
In the 1960's, 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. Word of the Arnold Palmer drink spread throughout America via Arnie's Army.
Fast forward to 2001 when Arnold Palmer Enterprises began bottling the drink with beverage industry professionals who struck up a deal with the AriZona Beverage Company. Due to the existing Americana cache of the drink, the popularity of the canned product had unprecedented year over year growth.
Mr. Palmer has been such a deeply embedded part of American culture for so long that it’s not surprising some people — especially, those too young to have known him as a golfer — mistake him for a product rather than a person.
A delicately delicious combination of iced tea and lemonade, Arnold Palmer Tea, is the perfect beverage with a refreshing taste that revives the senses.