The Bobby Nichols

Bobby Nichols

The Bobby Nichols — Louisville’s ‘Arnold Palmer’

All across the country college students are returning to campuses, the sun is setting sooner every day, and daily highs are starting to drop out of the upper 90’s. In Louisville, Kentucky that means the return of college football and – more importantly – tailgating.

University of Louisville football is currently 3-0 and ranked no. 3 in the country — sorry University of Kentucky fans. There are 4 home games left at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, which means 4 more chances to play cornhole, talk football, and enjoy the most temperate time of year. And especially in Louisville, any good tailgate requires one thing: bourbon.

Arnold Palmer is a world famous golfer, and his namesake drink is a mix of tea and lemonade, a great non-alcoholic drink for tailgating. But when it comes to tailgating in Louisville, there’s nothing like a local twist.

Louisville’s own (and St. Xavier graduate) Bobby Nichols beat Arnold Palmer on multiple occasions, and he is the namesake for our version of the iconic drink; A bourbon tailgate batch cocktail, which substitutes sweet tea, and adds bourbon and mint.



1 cup bourbon

4 cups brewed sweet ice tea

4 cups prepared lemonade

Optional garnish: Mint


Combine bourbon, sweet tea, and lemonade in a 2 qt pitcher over ice, stir for 10 seconds. Serve in a pint glass and garnish individually with mint.



Bobby Nichols