Golf Drinks

by Fat Guy

I'm surprised the category of drinks inspired by golf isn't a little bigger.  Maybe it's because an ice cold beer goes down so smooth after a long round on a hot summer's day.  But golf and booze go together like chicken wings and Buffalo sauce, so you would think that for as much time as golfers spend at the 19th hole, they would have concocted a few more libations to celebrate a great round or drown their sorrows over a bad one.  For what it's worth, here's a list of golf-inspired cocktails...

Arnold Palmer -  Golf's most well-known drink isn't even alcoholic, it's just Arnie's favorite summertime refreshment.  Arnie never aspired to have a drink named after him, or to create a Palmer drink brand (although he's done both).  He just ordered these wherever he went, and it was unique, simple, and tasty enough to catch on.  The simple recipe:  Half iced-tea, half lemonade, serve over ice.

John Daly -  You likely won't see this cocktail listed on many drink menus for politically-correct and legal reasons (I've also seen it referred to as a Back Nine ), but belly up and order one, and any bartender worth his lime juice will know how to mix one up.  A take-off on the Palmer, originally this drink was simply half-iced tea, half lemonade, with a shot of vodka (preferably lemon-infused like Absolut Limon).  The recipe improved considerably a few years later when several brands of sweet tea vodka hit the expanding flavored-vodka market.  Fill a pint glass with ice, add a double shot of sweet tea vodka, fill with lemonade, stir and enjoy.

This is Fat Guy's summer drink of choice.  There isn't a better hot-weather session cocktail out there.

The quote I most often use when recommending this drink to friends is, "So smooth you don't even know you're drinking."  Seriously, this thing goes down so easy it'll sneak up on you.  I would go so far as to call it dangerous, particularly for first-timers.  My buddy Jeff and I have sampled most of the various brands of sweet tea vodka, and highly recommend Firefly ( ), distilled on Wadmalaw Island 30 miles south of Charleston, as by far the best on the market (buy the half-gallon size... trust me on this one, it won't go to waste).  I've also read that some folks like a Daly variation that adds a splash of O.J.

Bobby Jones -  Another boozy variation on the Palmer, the first I ever noted this drink was on the menu at Manuel’s Tavern (pronounced Man-u-el not Man-wel) in Atlanta, Bobby's old stomping grounds. "This cozy neighborhood tavern is a multiple winner of the 'Best of Atlanta.' Featuring 30 beers on tap, 60 in the bottle and some unique cocktails, this is a true Atlanta landmark. The Bobby Jones is made by mixing Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka and Sweetened Iced tea."  []

Happy Gilmore -  Yet another variation on the Palmer, this one is essentially an early John Daly, but substituting grain alcohol for vodka.  It's been awhile since I played in the grain alcohol arena, but last I knew it was still illegal in some states, it's easily masked by sweet mixers like lemonade, and there is no other booze on the planet that will erase the inhibitions of college girls faster.

Fuzzy Tiger -  I invented this one myself, named tongue-in-cheek after the infamous 'collard greens' comments made by an obviously buzzing Fuzzy Zeller walking off the tee during a practice round at Augusta.  It's a shot of vodka and a shot of peach schnapps, mixed with Tiger's Sunday red Gatorade, served on the rocks, with a floating lemon peel sliced off and bent to resemble the Nike swoosh.

Two-Timing Tiger - A restaurant named Zaza in Boston invented this post-scandal drink named after Tigger.  "The Two-Timing Tiger blows quaint cocktail traditions out of the water. It’s a mind-boggling combination of bad concepts and lame jokes in one Big Gulp martini glass: Grey Goose vodka (the official drink of tools), Extra olive juice (get it? Extra dirty…), Blue cheese-stuffed olives. Fourteen of them. (Speared on a golf club-shaped cocktail pick, I hope.)  A celebrity scandal (a professional athlete slept with 14 skanks? I’m shocked, shocked…). The use of the phrases 'deceivingly delicious' and 'blue cheesy stuffed olives' in one sentence." []

Mint Julep - OK, this one's not exactly golf-inspired, but they're just so quintessentially Southern that I can't watch The Masters without mixing up a batch of these things.  The key to a good Mint Julep is high quality bourbon, so this is not a drink to go cheap with low-budget liquor. recommends Bulleit, or my bourbon-conneseur buddy Tom digs Knob Creek (see also: my Kentucky Bourbon Trail Golf Trip page).  Here's a good batch recipe from

15 oz. Bourbon
30 fresh mint leaves
1 cup(s) sugar
1 cup(s) water

Wash mint leaves, pat dry and put them in a small mixing bowl. Cover with 3 ounces of Bulleit Bourbon and let soak for 15 minutes.
Remove mint, then place them in a clean cotton cloth and wring over bowl, bruising the leaves. Dip back into bourbon and wring again. Repeat several times to create mint extract. Set extract aside for 1 hour. You can also put the leaves back in the extract for a more concentrated mint flavor.
Combine mint extract (leaves included, if preferred) with simple syrup (1 cup sugar and 1 cup water) in a covered glass container or jar and refrigerate overnight.

Fill julep cups (10-12 oz., preferably silver but glass will do) with crushed ice or shaved ice and insert a fresh mint sprig. Add 1 oz. of Bulleit Bourbon to each cup. Add marinated julep mixture to taste.
Makes 12 servings.

The rest of this list comes from's menu of golf-inspired cocktails both classic and obscure:

Broken Down Golf Cart - .5 oz Amaretto
1 dash Lime juice
0.5 oz Melon liqueur

Directions: Mix together with crushed ice in a glass and garnish with mint leaves

Club Haus - 1 oz Blackberry Liqueur
5 oz Club Soda

Directions: Mix together with crushed ice in a glass and garnish with mint leaves

Country Club Cooler - 1 fill with Club Soda
1 tsp. Grenadine
4 oz. Dry Vermouth

Directions: Pour vermouth and grenadine into a glass. Add ice cubes. Stir and fill with club soda.

Crooked Golf Cart - 1 part Amaretto
5 parts Cranberry juice
2 slices Lime
1 splash Rum

Directions: Mix together with crushed ice in a glass and garnish with mint leaves.

Derosier's 19th Hole - 0.5 oz. Bourbon
4 oz. Hot Coffee
2 oz. Heavy Cream
2 tsp. Dark Creme de Cacao
2 tsp. Drambuie
1 oz. Rum

Directions: Pour the rum, bourbon, creme de cacao, Drambuie, and coffee into an Irish coffe glass. Pour the cream carefully over the back of a teaspoon so that it floats on top of the drink.

Foreplay - 0.5 oz Amaretto
0.5 oz Pineapple Juice

Directions: Mix together with crushed ice in a glass and garnish with mint leaves

Golf Cocktail - 2 dashes Bitters
1.5 oz. Gin
0.75 oz. dry Vermouth

Directions: Stir all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

Golf Martini - 4 dashes Bitters
4 oz Gin
1 oz Dry Vermouth

Directions: Mix together with crushed ice in a glass and garnish with mint leaves

Hole-In-One - 1 dash Orange Bitters
0.25 tsp. Lemon juice
1.75 oz. Scotch
0.75 oz. Vermouth

Directions: Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

Hole-In-One Shooter - 2 dashes Cream
0.75 oz. Melon liqueur
0.25 oz. Apple Brandy

Directions: Shake with ice and strain into shot glass.

Mel's Swing - 1 oz Creme de Cassis
4 oz Grapefruit Juice
1 oz Melon liqueur

Directions: Mix together with crushed ice in a glass and garnish with mint leaves

19th Hole - 1 dash Bitters
1.5 oz Gin
1 oz Dry Vermouth
1 tsp Sweet Vermouth

Directions: Mix together with crushed ice in a glass and garnish with mint leaves

Sand Trap - 1 oz Cherry Liqueur
0.5 oz Lemon juice
1.5 oz Scotch
0.5 oz Sweet Vermouth

Directions: Fill a shaker half full with ice cubes. Pour all ingredients into shaker and shake well. Fill a Highball glass almost full of ice cubes, and strain drink into Highball glass. Garnish with a Lemon slice and serve.