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Grip It and Sip It: Original John Daly Cocktails

By December 11, 2012

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If you follow John Daly on Twitter, then you know that Daly is joining the list of golfers with their own beverages in stores. What's the beverage? The John Daly, of course.

The "John Daly drink" or "John Daly cocktail" is essentially an Arnold Palmer drink with alcohol added. Usually vodka, but there are other variations served up in bars and restaurants, or mixed at home. Some of those variations are listed on our John Daly drink recipes page. But, to summarize, the basic John Daly cocktail goes like this: take equal parts iced tea and lemonade and add a splash of vodka.

Apparently, Daly - who no longer drinks alcohol himself - got tired of other people (bars, restaurants) making money off the drink that is, after all, named for him.

So he formed a company with a couple partners, and that company is now making several bottled vodka drinks under the "Original John Daly Cocktail" name.

On Dec. 8, Daly tweeted: "My name is on 14 thou menus illegally not fair to me so I'm bringing my John Daly drink out its better". A couple years ago, Daly was tweeting that having "John Daly cocktail" on a menu was a trademark infringement on his name. The Original John Daly Cocktails are his response to what he views as unfair (read: uncompensated) use of his name.

There's a Facebook page for the drink and the company, where you can view the labels and bottles, and where, presumably, the company will be posting updates. The first three flavors are:
  • Original Sweet Tea & Lemonade with Vodka
  • Peach Tea & Lemonade with Vodka
  • Raspberry Tea & Lemonade with Vodka

All three are 30-proof (15-percent alcohol by volume).

According to Daly on Twitter, Bevmo liquor stores in Arizona, California and Nevada are where consumers will see the Original John Daly Cocktails first, and he hopes to take the brand worldwide.

And the motto on the label? "Grip it and sip it."


December 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm
(1) TenBirds says:

“Poor lil Rich Kid” needs more cash.

December 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm
(2) Jerry Harrod says:

John, my company would like to be your distributor for the state of Arkansas. We are Arkansas family owned and been in business since 1935. Please reply to my email address if you have questions. Thanks and good luck.

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