In just the past few years, Arnold Palmer has done pretty much everything you could hope to do with your life. Since retiring after seven major wins, and securing his place among the world’s best and most popular golfers, he has somehow managed ways to even further improve his lie.
In 2004 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and responded by giving the Commander-in-Chief golfing tips. In 2008 alone he made $30 million. In 2013 he went on a date with Kate Upton on the course named after him. Also this year, at age 83, he again got the honor to take the first tee shot of the Masters.
On top of all that, there’s the legacy of his drink. Some brave, crazy, drunk person many years ago somehow discovered that Red Bull and Jager taste good together. That guy didn’t get his name on a Jager Bomb. It takes somebody with the class and acclaim of an Arnold Palmer to not only popularize the best drink combination since whiskey and coke, but permanently stamp his name on it.
Now, 50 years after he discovered this glorious blend of sweet tea and lemonade, the world is learning the secret of how a man orders a drink named after himself.
I chased Kesley, the waitress serving Arnold Palmer yesterday, back to the bar where she was putting in another drink order.
“How did Arnie order his drink?”
“He leaned over and said, ‘I’ll have a Mr. Palmer.’ Then he winked,” Kesley said.
Of course he says it like that. He wouldn’t say something lame like, “I’ll have a me” or something idiotic like, “Who wants an Arnie Palmie?”
“A Mr. Palmer” is pure class, something he’s undoubtedly referred to as by elite golfers, world leaders and even supermodels.
It’s a small club of people who can match the deliciousness of a drink with the legacy of its namesake. A John Daly, the vodka-infused upgrade on the classic Arnold Palmer, can’t even come close to matching its respective namesake on the course. Tom Collins, surprisingly, is not a real person which subsequently makes his drink way better than he is. That leaves the man they simply call “The King.”
It’s only fitting his namesake drink should carry the same respect.