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Famous golf cocktails and drinks

20 October 2016

Clubhouses around the world are a place to sit back and either enjoy your victory or drown your sorrows - and what better way to do either than with one of these famous golfing drinks…

Famous golf cocktails and drinks
Golfers don’t tend to head to the 19th hole to get flat out drunk after a game. They’re more likely to choose a single drink they can enjoy next to the fire or while swapping golfing war stories with other veterans of the game.

This usually means they indulge in a favourite tipple instead of choosing a standard pint or G&T. Over the years, certain drinks have become connected with the game because of such habits. Here are our favourites.

The Arnold Palmer
Possibly the most famous golfing drink of all time – if not the most famous drink named after a sportsperson. And the best part is, it's non-alcoholic, so you can indulge in as many as you like and still drive home from the clubhouse.

Developed by the late, great Palmer, it apparently came about after he ordered the drink and a nearby woman overheard and ordered ‘that Palmer drink’.

It’s simply a mix of iced-tea and lemonade, with the ratio depending on the person. Palmer is alleged to have liked 3 parts unsweetened ice tea to one part lemonade, but having half and half is also fine.

The John Daly
John Daly has had a rocky relationship with alcohol, so it’s only fitting that the drink named after him is an alcoholic version of the Arnold Palmer.

Taking the classic tee-total drink and adding either a splash of vodka, or iced-tea flavoured vodka, the drink was developed at the almost aptly named Whiskey Creek Golf Course in Fort Myers, Florida. Bartender Ian Forret added the special kick during Daly's 2005 run at the Dirty Gator Open.

But the golfer wasn’t so taken with the cocktail, as he said using his name was a trademark infringement. In retaliation, Daly formed his own drinks company and started selling the cocktail under his name in three different flavours.

Glenmorangie image credit. Andrew Milligan/PA Archive

Glenmorangie at Royal Dornoch
While the drink wasn’t developed for the course, the connection between the classic Glenmorangie whiskey and the Royal Dornoch golf course is long standing.

Glenmorangie, which is made near the course, is one of the world’s greatest and more well-known single malts. It is also described by many golfers as the ‘Spirit of The Open Championship’.

Old Tom Morris, who created part of the course, named one of his holes ‘Morangie’ after the Morangie Farm and distillery. Today, Glenmorangie is the ‘Official Whisky of Royal Dornoch’ and in 2013, the course renamed the 18th hole ‘Glenmorangie’.

The Azalea Cocktail
This cocktail is linked to the famous Masters at Augusta, and was named after the azalea bushes that bloom during the tournament, despite the fact that these bushes are poisonous.

It’s an easy cocktail to make, mixing 1 part lime or lemon juice, 1 part pineapple juice and 3 parts gin in a cocktail shaker with ice. Finish with a splash of grenadine to get the perfect azalea shade of pink.

The Bobby Jones
As one of the most famous names in golfing history, it’s no surprise that someone decided to name a cocktail after him.

Mixing brandy, crème de cacao, grenadine and lemon juice, this version wasn’t actually drunk by Mr Jones. He is alleged to have preferred a similar cocktail called ‘Bosom Caressers’, which replaces the lemon juice with an egg yolk.