Golf is a sport with the power to make you the hero of your own story or send you into the depths of despair.
Lucky for us then that it’s quite acceptable to finish off a day’s golf with a stiff drink in the clubhouse bar – or the 19th hole as it’s commonly called.
Thorpeness Golf Club, Suffolk is fortunate to have a classic golfer’s bar with wood panelled honour boards for walls, sumptuous leather seats and a roaring open fire.
We’ve compiled a list of classic golf drinks you can enjoy at the 19th hole.
ALCOHOLIC GOLF DRINKS
Kummel is a caraway-flavoured liqueur that was originally made all over the Baltic in the 19th century but is best associated with Germany and the historical Duchy of Prussia.
It’s especially popular in elite Scottish golf clubs. The largest percentage of Kummel consumption in Scotland takes place at Prestwick Golf Club, Muirfield – home to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers – and at The R&A (The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews).
Known as “putting mixture,” the potent and syrupy silver spirit is thought to calm nerves and settle stomachs – ideal for golfers to drink before heading onto the links.
That time served classic, the G&T (Gin and Tonic), is an everyday tipple in golf clubs the world over.
Pink Gin though is a little different and a refined take on a set of classic ingredients loved by golfers.
Pink Gin cocktails became fashionable in England in the mid-19th century.
They are made from Plymouth gin and a dash of Angostura bitters, a dark red bitters that makes the whole drink pinky. Lemon rind is also commonly used as a garnish.
Here at Thorpeness, we make Pink Gin with a local Suffolk favourite Adnam’s Copper House Dry Gin.
Golf and Scotland go together like wine and cheese, which is why that most famous of Scottish tipples – Whisky – is a staple at any golf club bar.
A Whisky Mac is a cocktail using a blended Scotch and green ginger wine. If your round was a disaster and you need something with a kick to set you back on track, try a Whisky-Mac.
This golfing cocktail is inspired by The Masters Tournament, the first Major of every golfing season, and specifically by the Azalea bushes which bloom in the Georgia sunshine.
The bushes themselves are poisonous but the cocktail is not. It’s simple to make, here’s how:
- 1 ounce lime or lemon juice
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
- 3 ounces gin
- Dash Grenadine
Mix 1 part lime or lemon juice, 1 part pineapple juice and 3 parts gin in a cocktail shaker with ice. Add grenadine to get an azalea shade of pink. Shake, and pour over ice in a highball glass.
Inspired by the traditional toast drink of a British Army Officer’s Mess, Port (a fortified Red wine) is also a firm favourite with traditional golf clubs, either in a hip flask on the course or in the bar to help warm up after a cold Winter round.
NON-ALCOHOLIC GOLF DRINKS
Possibly the most iconic and best-known golfing drink is the ‘Arnold Palmer.’
Named after the man credited with making golf popular worldwide in the 1960’s and 1970’s, an Arnold Palmer is three parts unsweetened Iced Tea to one part Lemonade.
Mr. Palmer ordered the drink at the bar during the 1960 U.S Open at Cherry Hills G.C and a woman copied him, saying “I’ll have one of those Palmer drinks.”
A full range of Arnold Palmer iced tea and lemonade drinks has been on general sale in the USA since 2001. Add Vodka to this drink and it’s called a “John Daly,” after one of the PGA Tour’s most colourful characters and biggest drinkers.
A non-alcoholic drink perfect for quenching your thirst post-golf on a hot summer’s day.
A Gunner is made with Ginger Beer or Ginger Ale, lime and bitters and has a strong, sharp taste. The fizz and ginger offsets the citrus nicely and produces a refreshing settling drink.
There you have it, seven classic golf drinks to quench thirst and lift spirits at the 19th hole.
GOLF TOURS SUFFOLK
If you are staying with us at Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel you can combine a golf break with a brewery tour of the iconic Adnam’s Brewery in Southwold and its Copper House Gin Distillery.
Brewery Tours cost £15 and Distillery Tours £12, both entitle you to 10% off drinks purchases in the Adnam’s store. You can even make your very own Gin.
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