Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea recipe

Long Island Iced Tea Ingredients

Long Island Iced Tea Instructions

The Long Island Iced Tea is a classic cocktail that has gained popularity for its potent mix of spirits. Despite its name, the drink doesn't contain any tea. Instead, it combines several different liquors to create a flavorful and refreshing beverage.

The Long Island Iced Tea is believed to have originated in the 1970s, and it quickly became a favorite in bars and restaurants. The drink's popularity can be attributed to its strong alcohol content and unique combination of flavors.

To make a Long Island Iced Tea, you will need a few essential ingredients. These typically include vodka, tequila, rum, gin, triple sec, lemon juice, simple syrup, and cola. Once you have gathered all the necessary ingredients, follow these steps to create your own Long Island Iced Tea:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add 1/2 ounce of vodka to the shaker.
  3. Add 1/2 ounce of tequila.
  4. Add 1/2 ounce of rum.
  5. Add 1/2 ounce of gin.
  6. Add 1/2 ounce of triple sec.
  7. Add 1 ounce of lemon juice.
  8. Add 1 ounce of simple syrup.
  9. Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to combine all the ingredients.
  10. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice.
  11. Top off the glass with cola.
  12. Garnish the drink with a lemon wedge or mint sprig, if desired.

Once you have followed these steps, you will have a delicious Long Island Iced Tea ready to enjoy. Keep in mind that this cocktail is known for its high alcohol content, so it's best enjoyed in moderation. The combination of spirits gives the drink a complex flavor profile that is sure to impress your taste buds.

Next time you're in the mood for a strong and flavorful cocktail, give the Long Island Iced Tea a try. Its unique combination of liquors and refreshing taste make it a hit at any gathering or event. Cheers!

Best served in a Collins Glass.

A Long Island Iced Tea is a cocktail made with, among other ingredients, vodka, gin, tequila, and rum. A popular variation mixes equal parts vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and triple sec with 1 1/2 parts sour mix with a splash of cola. Close variants often replace the sour mix with sweet and sour mix or with lemon juice, and the cola with actual iced tea. Some chain restaurants even take the liberty of substituting brandy for the tequila.

Some claim that the drink, like most cocktails, was invented during the Prohibition era, as a way of taking the appearance of a non-alcoholic drink (iced tea). A lemon slice is often added to enhance this resemblance. To some, the drink also shares a similar taste to tea. This has led to its frequent use in fiction as a method to get a teetotaler drunk.

However, evidence suggested that Long Island Iced Tea was first served in the late 1970s by Robert (Rosebud) Butt, a bartender at the Oak Beach Inn, in the Town of Babylon, Long Island, New York.

The drink has a much higher alcohol concentration (~28%) than most cocktails because of the proportionally small amount of mixer.

This cocktail is often altered in other countries, due to the unpopularity of sour mix. Long Island Iced Tea served outside the States is often made of liquors and cola alone (without sour mix), with lemon or lime juice, or with lime cordial.

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