Friends, family and fans of Palmer are being treated to nearly 4,000 bottles of his signature drink: the Arnold Palmer. The mix of iced tea and lemonade (with the tea dominating) was reportedly named after the athlete after he ordered the drink at a Palm Springs restaurant and a woman sitting nearby followed suit.
“I want an Arnold Palmer,” she told the waitress. “I want what he ordered.” The rights to the beverage were eventually sold to AriZona Beverage Co. for more than $100 million, according to USA Today.
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ESPN sports analyst Darren Rovell tweeted a photo of the hefty supply for the memorial held at St. Vincent’s College Basilica in Latrobe, Pennsylvania Tuesday morning.
“3,900 bottles of Arnold Palmers just arrived in Latrobe, Pa. for Tuesday’s Arnold Palmer memorial,” he wrote.
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Palmer reportedly died of complications from heart problems. He is survived by two daughters, Amy Palmer Saunders and Peggy Palmer, and his second wife Kathleen “Kit” Gawthrop.