Sept. 10 is Arnold Palmer's birthday. Celebrate by mixing up your own "Arnold Palmer" iced tea and lemonade refreshment.
"I'll have an Arnold Palmer." Do you know what I mean? Lemonade and ice tea, and somehow my current favorite beverage. Named for the legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, the drink is said to have been born in the 1960s, according to Parade magazine, when Mr. Palmer asked a waitress at a course in Palm Springs to mix lemonade into his iced tea. Another customer overheard his request, and "a Palmer" was born. It's refreshing powers are said to be the perfect drink to revive onself after 18 holes under the sun.
“You can now find it everywhere!” said Palmer, who turns 83 on Sept. 10.
Today, the Arizona Beverage Company has a corner on the market of the half-iced-tea, half-lemonade refreshment coming in bottles of all sizes, including a 20-ounce version bearing not only the image of Arnold Palmer, but a golf ball-shaped neck. Palmer, who stormed on the golfing scene to battle Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player just as TVs became a fixture in every American living room, is said to be a master of sports marketing.
But really, how hard is it to make your own Arnold Palmer at home? Not hard at all! You can either mix up store-bought lemonade and iced tea, or you can make it from scratch.
Here are some recipes to help you stir up your own Arnold Palmer. But no promises on improving your swing.
Makes about 9 cups, adapted from The Runaway Spoon
6 – 7 large lemons
Zest of 1 lemon
1 cup sugar
6 – 8 cups water