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John Daly Cocktail

If you’re looking for a light and refreshing Summertime drink, look no further than the John Daly Cocktail. This spiked iced tea is not only one of the best Summertime cocktails but with just three ingredients – lemonade, vodka, and Revolution Tea’s Black Tea – it’s easy to make and can be prepared in minutes! You can think of it as an alcoholic version of an Arnold Palmer. A John Daly is the perfect drink for any and all relaxing Summer activities – golf especially – and with how easy it is to make you’ll be looking for any excuse to plop yourself on the patio with a John Daly and enjoy the Summer sun. When it comes to spiked iced teas, the John Daly Cocktail is a Tea-Riffic choice for Summer.  

Who is John Daly?

The John Daily Cocktail gets its name from American golfer John Daly who is known for his driving distance off the tee, mullet, and two major championship wins in the nineties in addition to the cocktail that shares his namesake. However, the drink existed before Daly’s rise to fame in the PGA Tour similar to how the combination of iced tea and lemonade existed prior to getting the Arnold Palmer moniker. The name’s origins are tied to Daly’s struggles in the mid-nineties and while it likely started out as a joke among golfers it eventually the replaced “adult Arnold Palmer” or “dirty Arnold Palmer” as the name of this particular spiked iced tea combination.

John Daly Cocktail Recipe

  • Prep time – 3-5 min
  • Cook time – 0 min
  • Total time – 3-5 minutes
  • Total servings – one 8-oz glass


  • 4 ounces of your favorite Black Tea from Revolution Tea
  • 2 ounces of your favorite lemonade
  • 2 ounces of your favorite vodka


  1. Brew your favorite Revolution Tea Black Tea flavor.
  2. Fill a large highball glass with ice, as much or as little as you want and add a vodka and lemonade of your choice along with the Black Tea and stir.
  3. Garnish with a lemon slice, strawberry, and/or mint stem.
  4. Enjoy!

While a John Daly cocktail is traditionally made with vodka you can substitute it for a variety of other alcoholic drinks if you so choose. Rum is another popular alcoholic addition to spiked ice teas and goes well with most black teas, as its natural sweetness pairs well with black tea’s bitterness. Whiskey, gin, and bourbon are also suitable substitutes.

In addition to the variety of alcohol you can use to make a refreshing John Daly cocktail, Revolution Tea offers an array of Black Teas to choose from. You can find both whole and loose leaf teas that are not only delicious but can benefit your health and wellbeing thanks to their numerous antioxidants.

Shop our amazing selection of teas today and be sure to find time to sit back and sip on a John Daly Cocktail this Summer!