You’re a middle school kid running around the town with your friends on a hot summer day and suddenly you realize that you’ve developed an insufferable thirst from riding your bike or hanging outside the supermarket all day. You check your pockets and you can only scrounge together $1 in change. What’s the answer?
You hit your local corner store and get yourself a 23-ounce Arizona iced tea. Problem solved. Now you can spend the rest of your day loitering, joking, and doing whatever else it is that middle school kids do these days.
Fast forward to your high school and university years. You’re on your way to see your favorite band performing live. You have a bottle of rum stashed away in your jeans, but you don’t have anything to mix it with and it’s too risky to start taking swigs in the middle of the street in broad daylight. What’s the answer?
Pick up an Arizona, drink half of it in three seconds, and refill that can with as much rum as you can fit in it. Now you can booze all the way to the doors of the venue without worrying about anyone checking your ID. You’re welcome.
Years later and you’re a middle-aged dad hanging out on the golf course. You’ve been playing terribly on the front nine and you’re sure that it’s because you haven’t had anything to quench your thirst for an hour. Suddenly, you see the snack cart as you approach the next hole. What a heaven-send! You walk up to the employee, pull out your wallet, and, you guessed it, buy an Arizona drink to get you ready for the next tee.
You see, Arizona has a drink for every kind of person of every age. So, in honor of these delicious drinks that have accompanied us through every stage of our lives, here are the 6 best flavors that this iconic company has ever produced. Enjoy.
Arnold Palmer Lite Half and Half
Perhaps no drink from Arizona is quite as recognizable as the Arnold Palmer. This delicious drink is named after one of the greatest and most enthusiastic golfers to ever play the game. Palmer, who won multiple PGA Tour events and was one of the most recognizable athletes of the 1960s, is partially responsible for popularizing golf around the world. However, he was also responsible for popularizing something else: mixing iced tea and lemonade together.
The golf legend’s gift to the world was the amazing Arnold Palmer Lite Half and Half, a blend of traditional black tea and lemonade that’s perfect to enjoy on the golf course, in the garden, or with a splash of Tito’s vodka. Go to nearly any convenience store and you’ll probably find this Arizona drink on the shelves. If you’re never tried an Arnold Palmer, it’s time to go out and buy one.
Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey
One of the best things about Arizona Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey is the can. The design features a calming seafoam green background with a cherry blossom branch that immediately makes you feel more relaxed just by looking at it. Then, crack that can open and you’re going to feel the zen coursing through your veins. The Green Tea tastes a bit more natural and wholesome than some of the other Arizona drink flavors, and it’s known to give you a boost of energy to help you get through your day.
Is Arizona Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey good for you? Probably not. If what you’re looking for are the health benefits of green tea, then it’s probably best to go with another brand. If you’re looking for some deliciously sweet flavor that will calm you down and wake you up at the same time, then this is the beverage you should go for.
Now, if you were to drink Arizona Mucho Mango every day, you’d probably develop diabetes or become extremely overweight, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this extremely indulgent drink every once and a while.
If you have a sweet tooth, then Mucho Mango is the Arizona drink that will probably top your favorites list. Does it taste like mango? Sort of. The flavor is derived more from the massive amounts of sugar in the drink than any actual fruit, but it’s still undeniably delicious.
One advantage of drinking Mucho Mango is that it’s actually chock full of Vitamin C, so you can enjoy the nectar-like flavor of this Arizona drink while also preventing yourself from getting sick. What a perfect excuse! Mucho Mango is probably the most intense of all the Arizona drinks and has a flavor that will linger in your mouth for up to an hour after you finish the last drops.
Southern Style Sweet Tea
Let’s take it down south with this next offering from the geniuses at Arizona Beverage Company. If you’ve ever been to states like Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, or Missouri, you know that it’s impossible to go to a restaurant and not get sweet tea. And Arizona decided to pay homage to this quintessential part of Southern culture by offering their Southern Style Sweet Tea in their classic 23-ounce cans.
Is sweet tea sort of just sugary water? Yeah, I’d say so. Does that mean it’s not absolutely delicious? Absolutely not. Pick up some fried chicken or some cheese grits at the local mom-and-pop restaurant and then hit the gas station on your way home and pick up an Arizona Southern Style Sweet Tea. It’s a match made in heaven.
The white can is decorated with a picture of steamboats that reminds one of simpler times when one could relax on a hot afternoon enjoying a cold drink without a care in the world.
Iced Tea with Lemon Flavor
This is the original Arizona drink that paved the way for Arizona’s legacy in beverage lore. And although it sometimes takes companies a couple of tries to really hit their stride, Arizona hit the nail on the head with their very first beverage.
This classic black iced tea is understated, humble, and perfect for any occasion. It contains the perfect amount of lemon flavor to make it citrusy and zesty, but never in an overwhelming way.
Unlike some of the other Arizona drinks out there, Iced Tea with Lemon Flavor isn’t too sweet and won’t make you feel like your teeth are going to rot out after drinking it. Yes, this flavor is a testament to simplicity, and it shows that you really don’t need to get complicated to create something incredible. This is the drink that put Arizona Beverage Company on the map, and for good reason.
Golden Bear Lemonade with Strawberry
Arizona has continually looked to iconic golfers for inspiration and it has continually paid off for them. Golden Bear Lemonade with Strawberry is the result of a collaboration with Jack Nicklaus, who was nicknamed “The Golden Bear” and is considered by many to be the greatest golfer of all time.
This drink is extremely refreshing and perfect for playing 18 holes, especially because it’s so rich that it will probably take you the entire 18 holes to drink it.
This is a drink for those who can handle a lot of sweetness. If you drink an entire can of Golden Bear Lemonade with Strawberry in one sitting, you’ll probably be looking at the jitters and one heck of a sugar high. That being said, the first sip of this beverage when you’re thirsty is pure bliss. It’s sweet, refreshing, and bursting with fruity flavor.