Spring has truly arrived when the greatest golfers gather at Augusta National for the annual Masters event.  The Masters teed off with a ceremonial swing from Arnold Palmer.

The King whacked his ball down the right side of the fairway, then turned it over to 96 players competing for the green jacket on a sunny Thursday morning at Augusta National. The rest of us can plop down on the couch, and settle in with a tall cool Arnold Palmer for a great weekend of golf.

Arnold Palmer (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Arnold Palmer (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

An Arnold Palmer or Arnie Palmer, is a drink consisting of half iced tea and half lemonade. It is said to be Palmer’s favorite beverage and is mine also!

The beverage is storied to have been created at the Cherry Creek Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado, but is particularly popular in northern West Virginia, Central Ohio and western Pennsylvania, as well as the South, and is known throughout the country. In some parts of the South particularly Baltimore, it is known as half and half. In southern Ohio this beverage is known as a “Blend”. A purely cosmetic variation in which the drink is not mixed, causing the lemonade to settle on the bottom and the iced tea to float on the top, is known as an “Adam Palmer”.

Your local grocery store will likely have some variation. There’s the pioneer, Snapple, with regular and diet versions of Lemonade Iced Tea. And AriZona Tea Co., has a hard-to-find Arnold Palmer Lite Half and Half drink (with Arnie on the can). And, of course, Trader Joe’s has Organic Tea & Lemonade in 64-ounce, ready-for-the-party containers, complete with vintage cartoon golfers on the label as well as golfing terms.

It is very easy to make at home and tinker with the measurements for your own taste. Here is my “recipe”:

Arnold Palmer

INGREDIENTS

  • Ice
  • 1/2 cup Lemonade
  • 1/2 cup Basic Iced Tea

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place ice in a tall glass. Fill halfway with lemonade and top with iced tea. Sweeten to taste.

If you are looking for a little kick, there are a number of alcoholic variations. The first, known as the “Tom Arnold”, consists of the original iced-tea/lemonade mixture, with vodka added. Another variation, the “John Daly”, contains 1¼ oz citrus vodka, ¼ oz triple sec, topped off with ½ lemonade and ½ iced tea. The third variation is referred to as the “Dirty Palmer.” This drink consists of 2/3 Arnold Palmer and 1/3 Sailor Jerry Rum. The “Hard Arnold” or “Stiff Palmer” is equal parts of Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Twisted Tea. Also if you add a splash of grenadine it is called a “Bryan Palmer”. Finally, adding a shot of Amaretto, such as Disaronno, is called an “Arnold Palmer Senior.”