One steamy afternoon in Palm Springs, CA, golf legend Arnold Palmer and a few pals broke from a course-design project they were working on to go have lunch. According to Palmer, who told the story to ESPN, the mercury was pushing 115 degrees, and he wanted to quench his thirst with a special drink his wife often made at home. “Could you do me a favor?” he asked the server. “I want an iced tea, but I want about, oh, a third or a quarter of it filled with lemonade.” When the server got to the next table, a woman sitting there said she wanted the same thing, and she attached the famous golfer’s name to the soon-to-be-famous summer refreshment.
The name certainly stuck, as everyone knows, but what most people don’t realize is that the late, great Arnold Palmer wasn’t only an iced-tea-and-lemonade kind of guy. He was also the kind of guy who enjoyed a drink at the 19th hole—his favorite being Ketel One Vodka on the rocks with a twist. He was such a fan that he eventually became an official endorser of the fabled Dutch vodka.
With the 2017 edition of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard teeing off in March (it’s the first one since the great man’s death), and with summer just around the corner, we joined forces with Ketel One to deliver four easy ways to ace your vodka game. Take a look: