What goes into a Long Island Iced Tea? Just about everything. The origins of this drink are hotly debated, but all agree that somebody, in some way connected to Long Island New-York, thought it would be a good idea to chuck five white spirits into a glass and see what happens. The result, as it turns out, isn’t that bad.
A Long Island Iced Tea is one of those drinks that people either love or hate. There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground. It’s one you pour on a hot day in summer, when you don’t have to get up again in a hurry.
Over the years, lots of modifications have been made to the cocktail, none of which include adding actual tea. The drink gets its name from the colour provided by adding a touch of cola. All of the following omit the cola, which does sort of seem to defeat the purpose.
- Long Beach Iced Tea: Replace cola with cranberry juice
- Hawaiian Iced Tea: Replace cola with pineapple juice
- Electric Iced Tea: Replace cola with lemon-lime and substitute Blue Curacao for the Triple Sec
All do have one thing in common though. Long Island Iced Tea is notorious for producing an excruciating hang-over, so don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Here’s what you need:
- 15ml Vodka
- 15ml Gin
- 15ml White Rum
- 15ml Tequila
- 15ml Triple Sec
- 30ml Sour Mix (or 2Tbs lemon juice)
- 60ml Cola
- Lime Garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add all ingredients except the cola.
- Shake vigorously.
- Pour contents, including the ice, into a highball glass.
- Top with Cola.
- Garnish with a wedge of lime.
- Highball glass
- Cocktail shaker