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Citrusy and refreshing with a vodka kick, this easy John Daly drink is ideal for sipping on hot days in the sunshine. Also known as a Spiked Arnold Palmer, this cold sip is one of our favorite summer cocktails.

John Daly drink in a high ball glass with lemon wedges

This boozy cousin of the Arnold Palmer is one of our favorite “grown-up” summer drinks. Part lemonade and part iced tea with a shot and a half of vodka, this cold sip is right up there with a mojito in terms of being a totally refreshing cocktail. Garnish it with a lemon wheel and some extra lemon wedges!

Why Is It Called a John Daly?

This drink is named after the American golfer John Daly. It all started with the Arnold Palmer drink (named after another golfer!). Basically, a bartender at a Florida golf club decided to spike an Arnold Palmer as a tongue-in-cheek homage to John Daly. Mr. Daly, for his part, took issue with the moniker and decided to start his own beverage company where he now sells pre-made John Daly’s. They are called John Daly’s Grip It & Sip It Half & Half.


There are a few popular variations of the John Daly:

  • You can use sweet tea instead of iced tea.
  • A Southern variation replaces the vodka with bourbon and adds muddled mint leaves.
  • Another variation replaces .25oz of the vodka with Triple Sec or Cointreau.
  • You can also add extra lemon wedges to your drink for more citrus flavor.
Homemade lasagna with a John Daly drink

How to Make a John Daly Drink

This refreshing cocktail is super easy to make. Here’s how to do it:

  • Add your desired amount of ice to a highball glass. Add lemon wedges too, if you like.
  • Add the lemonade, iced tea, and vodka. Give everything a brief stir.
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel, and add a straw. Start sipping!

That’s it. Summertime cocktails should not be complicated. You can use storebought lemonade & ice tea, or you can make your lemonade from scratch.

What to Serve With This Cocktail?

This drink goes with pretty much anything. For dinner, I like to serve it with homemade lasagna or a slice of sourdough pizza. It also goes wonderfully with birria pizza, or a tomato galette – the peak summer flavors complement this drink!

But this cocktail also goes with finger foods. In fact, after a cold hard cider, a John Daly is probably my favorite drink to serve with fried green tomatoes. Nachos, taquitos, and deviled eggs are other tasty ideas!

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John Daly Drink

John Daly drink in a high ball glass with lemon wedges

Citrusy and refreshing with a vodka kick, this easy John Daly drink is ideal for sipping on hot days in the sunshine.

  • Author: Rustic Family Recipes
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American


  • 11.5 oz vodka (depending on how strong you want your drink)
  • 1/2 cup lemonade
  • 1 cup unsweetened iced tea (or enough to fill the glass)
  • Ice for serving
  • Lemon wheel and/or wedges for garnish


Fill a tall glass about 1/3 full with ice. Add 2-3 thin lemon slices along with the ice, if desired.

Add the vodka, lemonade, and iced tea. Give it a quick stir.

Garnish with lemon wheel and serve

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