“The King” (Seems like we have a lot of kings in sports) passed away yesterday at the age of 87. Overall, 2016 has been a brutal year for celebrities and athletes with many passing.
Palmer won 62 titles on the PGA Tour, his last coming in the 1973. Among those victories were four at the Masters, two at the British Open and one at the U.S. Open. He finished second in the U.S. Open four times, was runner-up three times in the PGA Championship, the only major that eluded him, and was inducted into theWorld Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.
He is also very well known for the always enjoyable Arnold Palmer drink – a beverage consisting of iced tea and lemonade. Something that goes down incredibly smooth.
How it was invented:
“My wife made a lot of iced tea for lunch, and I said, ‘Hey babe, I’ve got an idea.’ You make the iced tea and make a big pitcher, and we’ll just put a little lemonade in it and see how that works. We mixed it up, and I got the solution about where I wanted it and I put the lemonade in it. I had it for lunch after working on the golf course. I thought, ‘Boy, this is great, babe. I’m going to take it when I play golf. I’m going to take a thermos of iced tea and lemonade.’ “
Palmer goes on to tell the story about how he was in a Palm Springs restaurant, ordered the drink to his specifications and was overheard by a woman sitting nearby. “I want an Arnold Palmer,” she told the waitress. “I want what he ordered.”
With that, a mixed drink was named and a legendary golfer extended his influence beyond the course. Ten years ago, the rights to the drink were sold to AriZona Beverage Co. Sales exceeded $100 million in 2010.