They always say that golf is really a mental game. Once you have your form down, it’s really you versus yourself when you’re on the links. When it comes to getting into “the zone”, it really takes letting go and staying present. This helps you achieve optimal performance. The greatest golfers in the world live in the zone. Now a good cocktail doesn’t actually get you into the zone. However, they are one of the perfect golf tailgating ideas to help you relax, unwind, and watch the PGA tour. So in honor of the pros in the zone on the PGA tour, we’ve put together a list of our favorite golf-themed cocktails. Grab your bartending tools and let’s get started!
The Transfusion is also known as “Golf’s greatest cocktail.” It’s served at most tournaments and is a staple cocktail at Augusta National.
- 2 Oz Vodka
- 1/2 Oz Ginger Syrup
- 1/2 Oz Lime Juice, freshly squeezed
- 2 Oz Club Soda, chilled
- Concord Grape Juice Ice Cubes
- Garnish: Concord Grapes
- Garnish: Crystallized Sugar
- Add the vodka, ginger syrup and lime juice into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
- Strain into a rocks glass over Concord grape juice ice cubes.
- Top with the club soda.
- Garnish with Concord grapes and a piece of crystallized ginger.
- *Concord grape juice ice cubes: Ahead of time, fill an ice cube tray with Concord grape juice and place in the freezer for several hours until frozen.
The transfusion is a perfect summer drink. It’s light and refreshing. It’s perfect to sip at a tournament along the 9th hole or just at home watching the match. Vodka, ginger, lime juice, and soda make up the base of the cocktail, but you can add concord grape ice cubes to make it really authentic.
2. The Birdie
Named after the sought after golf score, the Birdie cocktail is great for summer.
It’s a blend of citrus flavors like orange and pineapple mixed with rum and grenadine. Shake in a cocktail maker with ice and enjoy. It’s a cocktail for people who like something a little sweeter. Sweet like getting a birdie on a tough hole.
3. The Eagle
If you make a birdie on a hole, that’s always exciting. However, if you make an eagle, then you’re really playing in the zone.
This cocktail is definitely not for everyone. It has an unusual combination of egg white and Creme de Violette in it. However, not everyone can make an eagle either. It’s easy to make, simply add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and serve. If you want, you can also add a cherry for the garnish.
4. The Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones was one of the most important figures in golf history. He helped design the Augusta National Golf Club and was one of the original founders of the Master Tournament. Though he himself never became a professional golfer, he was one of the most successful amateur golfers to ever play.
Bobby Jones Cocktail
- 3 Parts Brandy
- 1 Part Creme de cacao (dark
- 1/2 Tsp Grenadine
- 5 Ice Cubes
- Lemon Juice
- Put the ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Pour in the lemon juice, grenadine, crème de cacao and brandy and shake. Strain into a tumbler.
The Bobby Jones is his signature cocktail and his favorite for on the course. It’s a delicious blend of brandy, Creme de Cacoa, and grenadine. You can also learn more about Bobby Jones and his legacy in this great profile from Today’s Golfer.
5. The Tiger Woods
We all know that Tiger Woods is one of the greatest living golfers. He helped inspire an entire generation to hit the links. Tiger is still a fun golfer to watch. Many say his best days are behind him, but we have to disagree. At his level of talent, you never know what he’ll do next. In the meantime, we can celebrate his legacy with a Tiger Woods cocktail.
This cocktail is super easy and is just a delicious combination of vodka, cranberry, and lemon juice. Tart and sweet, perfect for a hot summer day.
6. John Daly
Another golfer that never fails to entertain on the PGA tour is John Daly.
He may be known for having the most colorful outfits on the tour, but he’s also known for his impressive driving distance. The man has one of the longest swings on the tour. The Jon Daly cocktail is not as flamboyant as he is, but it is essentially a boozy Arnold Palmer which when you think about it makes a lot of sense. John Daly is skilled like Arnold Palmer but with a little spice. We love this cocktail, it’s a perfect sipping drink for the PGA tour.
7. Arnold Palmer
Speaking of golf cocktails. No golf drink menu would be complete without an Arnold Palmer. Arnold Palmers are just a half and half blend of lemonade and iced tea. You can serve it with a lemon wedge over ice for a refreshing drink. This is perfect for the days where you want to unwind with a cocktail, but don’t want the alcohol. If you don’t feel like making your own, Arizona Tea has Arnold Palmers available in cans. You can order them here. They even have a picture of this golf legend on them!
8. Par 4 Cocktail
Par 4 is the most common par rating for golf courses. So it is only fitting there’s a Par 4 cocktail.
This cocktail has flavors from the South and uses peach Southern Comfort, amaretto, sweet and sour mix, and sprite. It’s an unusual blend that absolutely nails it.
9. Golf Course Signature Drinks
While we were hunting around for great golf-themed cocktails, we came across this brilliant list from Links magazine. In it they feature nine of the signature cocktails from golf courses around the world. Imagine making the signature cocktail of each golf club when the tournament is playing. We think this could be one of the most fun golf tailgating ideas. We can’t wait to try all of these ourselves.
Our Garden Pointe of View
- 4 Basil Leaves
- 1.5 Oz Broker's Gin
- 3/4 Oz Fresh Lime
- 1.5 Oz Simple Syrup
- 2 Oz Piper Sonoma Sparkling Wine
- Muddle basil leaves with lime juice, simple syrup, and gin.
- Add ice and sparkling wine.
- Double strain while pouring into martini glass.
- Garnish with fresh basil leaf.
- 6 Oz Water
- 2 Oz Blue Curacao Liqueur
- 2 Oz Lime Juice
- 2 Oz Absolut Raspberry
- 1 Oz Absolut Citron
- Lemon Wheel
- Fill an ice-ball mold with the water, lime juice, and Blue Curacao, and let freeze for 48 hours.
- Remove the sphere, and place on a towel for about 10 minutes or until it turns from dull to clear.
- Place ice sphere in a short glass. Pour mix of vodkas over the ice. Garnish with lemon wheel.
- 2 Oz Patron Silver Tequila
- 1 Oz Lime Juice
- 3/4 Oz Agave Nectar
- 1 Slice Jalapeno
- 3 Slices Cucumber
- Muddle cucumbers, jalapeno, lime juice, and agave nectar.
- Add tequila.
- Shake with ice.
- Double strain over ice into a lowball glass.
- Garnish with slice of cucumber and jalapeno.
- 2 Oz Haig Club Whisky
- 1/2 Oz Lemon Juice
- 1/3 Oz Honey Water
- 2/3 Oz Cold-Infused Chamomile Tea
- 2/3 Oz Egg White
- 2 Drops Ginger Bitters
- Pour the whisky, lemon juice, honey water, chamomile tea, egg white, and bitters into a cocktail shaker.
- Shake and then strain finely into a rounded coupette glass.
- Garnish, if desired, with aromatic chamomile sugar.
Bay Harbor Old Fashioned
- 1 Orange Wheel
- 1 Cherry
- 1 Sugar Cube
- 2 Oz Captain Morgan Private Stock Rum
- 1 Tsp Blood Orange Bitters
- 1/2 Oz Soda Water
- Drop the sugar cube in an Old Fashioned glass.
- Douse it with the bitters and soda water.
- Crush and swirl around.
- Pour in rum.
- Add Ice and garnish with orange and cherry.
Making golf-themed cocktails is one of our favorite tailgating ideas for the PGA tour. For more tailgating ideas and cocktail recipes, be sure to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
We share tips, techniques, and great tailgating ideas for what to drink at your next party. Let us know in the comments your favorite golf-themed drinks. We’d love to try them out ourselves at the next match!