Polo Primer: Libations

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

International Polo Club libations - Veuve Clicquot

Champagne. A classic pairing, Champagne and polo are an enduring couple.  


Pimm's Cup - Traditional Polo Cocktail - gin-based cocktail

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 - Argentine tea - traditional polo drink

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.


Polo Cocktails by Location - Watermelon Martinis from Santa Barbara Polo abd Raquet ClubLibations 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)


For more of our polo guide, from dress code and traditions to the game’s top players, click here.

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