The Long Island Iced Tea

If you have never had a Long island Iced Tea, you’re doing it all wrong and should go back to the moment you turned 21 and start again.


The roots

If there is one cocktail synonymous with aggressive drinking, it’s the Long Island Iced Tea. Love it or hate it (most of that hate comes from loving a few too many of them), the LIIT is a cocktail recognized the world over.

Created in the disco fueled ’70s, it contains a sampling of virtually every spirit found in a standard bar, well, with just enough sweeteners to help wash it down. While there is a varying story about its origin dating back to the ’20s, the cocktail only partially mirrors what we know and drink today (and regret drinking tomorrow).

A less popular theory suggests that Long Island housewives created the drink in an attempt to sip on an innocent-looking drink in front of their family. And also to avoid the judgmental eyes (their friends, husband, kids) the amount they were drinking by just stealing an unnoticeable single shot from each liquor bottle.

So next time you have a horrible hangover after sipping on this cocktail, you know who to blame.

Being able to deceive the masses into believing that their cocktail doesn’t taste like there is anything in it is an enormous feat, and though it might not be the most influential cocktail in any global sense, it sure has had an impact on almost every person that came of drinking age since the ’70s.


The makin’sLong-Island-Ice-Tea

1 part Vodka
1 part Tequila
1 part Rum
1 part Gin
1 part Triple Sec (orange based liqueur: Cointreau)
1 ½ parts Sweet & Sour mix**
1 splash Coca Cola

To make sweet and sour mix:
Heat 1 cup sugar / 1 cup water until sugar is completely dissolved. Add 1 cup fresh lime juice and 1 cup fresh lemon juice (or 2 cups lemon juice), allow to cool and refrigerate.

The drill
Mix ingredients together into a shaker and give one brisk shake
Fill a highball or hurricane glass with ice and add all the ingredients except the cola
Top with a splash of cola and stir briefly
Garnish with a lemon wedge

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