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Sep 22, 2006 04:53 PM

When Did You First Have an Arnold Palmer?

A current thread about where to get an Arnold Palmer on the San Francisco board brought back some good memories for me.

While it seems like the Arnold Palmer craze is just a few years old, we used to get them at our swim club in RI back in the 1960s. They weren't called Arnold Palmers back then; you just asked for a "Blend." But it was half-lemonade, half-iced tea.

Kinda interesting that it took so long for such a simple, refreshing concoction to really break out.

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  1. I'd never heard of it before I saw it on a menu yesterday. And now I see it in two places today! Did someone famous drink one recently or something?

    People always used to ask for half lemonade/half tea at the amusement park where I worked, but it wasn't called an Arnold Palmer (in the early 90s). And he's from where I grew up, which seems odd.

    1. I've never heard of this before today. Given the description, I hope to try one as never as possible.

      1. The first time I had an Arnold Palmer was, of all places, at a Souplantation. The branch had a very hands-on manager, and she was roaming the tables and suggested it as a refill. She supplied the name as well. Instant addiction. This was about 8 or 9 years ago in LA. They have become pretty standard here in the last 4 or 5 years.
        However, for a number of years, and this was absolutely invariable: if I asked for an Arnold Palmer, the waiter would look at me blankly, but if I asked for "half iced tea, half lemonade" the waiter would always respond "oh, an Arnold Palmer!"

        1. I prefer the Tiger Woods they serve at the Four Seasons

          1. Nantucket Nectars used to make a 1/2 and 1/2 that I discovered in college (in Connecticut) and loved. Then when I moved back to L.A., I discovered the same thing was called an Arnold Palmer and I could get it at just about any restaurant. It's a very L.A. drink for some reason, in my head.