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Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Long Island Iced Tea

This one's for you, Miki.

Yesterday, David and I attempted the Long Island Iced Tea. Since I reviewed various recipes and am on cold medicine, I knew this was something we could split. Because THIS is a strong drink. But yummy. I really enjoyed it, although David didn't as much.

The Long Island Iced Tea was invented in the late 1970's at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island, New York. It was named for its look that is similar to a regular Iced Tea. Patrons liked the ironic name because this is anything but an innocent drink.

As with any cocktail I've researched this year, there are variations to this drink - cracked ice or whole ice, blended or on the rocks, garnish or no garnish. I went with the United Nations Plaza Hotel recipe - which seems to be a standard version.

David's Swizzle Stick Rating:
The Long Island Iced Tea - 3 Swizzle Sticks

Long Island Iced Tea - 1.5 oz. Gin, 1.5 oz. Vodka, 1.5 oz. Tequila, 1.5 oz. White Rum, 1.5 oz. Triple Sec, 2.5 oz. fresh lemon juice, 2.5 oz. simple syrup, splash of Coke to give it color. Mix alcohols, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a Tom Collins cocktail glass. Add ice and good splash of Coke. Swizzle.

Instead of making simple syrup, I bought a bottle at the wine shop. I thought it was a great substitute.

I would definitely make this again for a party at home. After just a few sips that went down a little too easy, I could see how this could be a dangerous drink if done right.


Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

Ah, the Long Island Iced Tea... Some of my best memories started with one of those. And some of my best nights that I can't really remember at all started with a FEW of those!

Scott said...

That drink got me in a lot of trouble!

Rachael said...

that is a very strong drink. one that, like scott, has gotten me into trouble before.