Tradition doesn’t stop on the polo pitch. Here, we offer a few of the traditional libations found around the grandstands and the tailgate party at International Polo Club Palm Beach.
The Traditional Options
Champagne. A classic pairing, Champagne and polo are an enduring couple.
A Pimm’s Cup. Pimm’s, a gin-based liquor made from dry gin, liqueur, fruit juices and spices, is mixed with lemon-lime soda, cucumber and lemon slices or peel. Pimm’s can be found at the chicest of sporting events such as Wimbledon and polo matches.
Mate. An Argentine tradition, mate is a loose, dried leaf from a plant called Yerba Mate. Water is poured directly on the leaves in a gourd. Then the caffeinated beverage is ready to be enjoyed with a metal straw called a bombilla.
Kicking it new school
As polo has expanded its reach, the array of acceptable beverages has widened considerably. Many polo clubs are capitalizing on the mixology and artisanal beverage trends with signature cocktail creations and craft beer. These days, there is no wrong thing to drink—except not enough water. With the warm weather and an abundance of cocktails at the ready, staying hydrated is critical.
Libations by Location
International Polo Club Palm Beach | Season: January—April
Signature drink: Chukker Punch (Belvedere vodka, orange juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice and a splash of grenadine topped with sparkling Chandon)
Greenwich Polo Club, Greenwich, Connecticut | Season: June—September
Signature drink: Royal Salute Scotch Whisky, on the rocks or neat
Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club, Santa Barbara, California | Season: 20-Goal Tournaments July—August
Signature drink: Pineapple Polo (muddled pineapple, simple syrup, lemon juice and a splash of soda). Also try the Watermelon Martinis, Moscow Mules and Cucumber Collins (Tom’s earthier cousin).
San Diego Polo Club, Rancho Santa Fe, California | Season: June—September
Signature drink: San Diego Polo Paloma (Herradura Silver Tequila, fresh ruby red grapefruit juice, lime juice, agave nectar and club soda)
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