Well first of all what happened to the weather? It’s been glorious all week and now today it has been raining all bloody day and is freezing. I’m actually on the sofa with snuggled up with my fluffy warm throw over. It’s just occurred to me that not only do the British obsess with the weather they like the subject of tea! Which leads me to the Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail Recipe for Cocktail Friday. However, there is no actual tea in it but we can forget that little bit. I won’t tell anyone if you won’t.
Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail Recipe
As I have already said this cocktail thankfully does not contain any tea. This classic cocktail certainly packs a punch! It includes vodka, gin, rum and orange liqueur. Mmmmm, sign me up!
- 15ml/½fl oz vodka
- 15ml/½fl oz gin
- 15ml/½fl oz light rum
- 15ml/½fl oz orange liqueur
- 15ml/½fl oz fresh lemon juice
- 15ml/½fl oz freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 tsp sugar syrup
- cola, to top up
- lemon wedge, to garnish
Place all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice and shake hard.
Strain the cocktail into a highball glass, top up with cola and garnish with a lemon wedge.
It is one of those mixed drinks that tastes good going down but can quickly sneak up on you. It’s best to take it easy with this one.
Get Ready to Pour…
Making a Better Long Island Iced Tea
The problem with the Long Island is that it is often made too strong. Many bartenders (professional and amateur alike) will over-pour the liquors. This not only makes the drink stronger, it also knocks the taste out of balance and reaches that point of too much booze (yes, there is such a thing).
On the other hand, if this drink is treated with respect and the person pouring keeps in mind that taste is more important than potency, the Long Island Iced Tea is a good drink.
Long Island Iced Tea Variations
Once you learn how to make the Long Island, you may want to try one of the many recipes that followed it. They are all very similar and constructed in the same manner, they simply replace an ingredient here or there.
Bartenders should know that a number of these drinks are just as popular as the Long Island. It will serve you well to at least have an understanding of what goes into each. They really are easy to remember if you do a little word association between the name and the ingredients.
- Long Beach Tea – Everything in the Long Island, but the Cola is replaced with cranberry juice.
- Miami Iced Tea – Peach schnapps is added to the Long Beach, the tequila is dropped, and lemon-lime soda adds a bit of sparkle.
- Hawaiian Iced Tea – Using the Long Island recipe, top this drink with pineapple juice and skip the cola.
- Electric Iced Tea – Blue curacao replaces the triple sec and the soda is switched out to lemon-lime soda. It’s a brilliant blue drink.
- Texas Tea – Simply add bourbon to the Long Island for an even more potent mix. Some people mistakenly refer to this as a Long Island, but whiskey is not included in the original (or accepted) recipe.
Back to the Bank Holiday weather I seriously hope it gets better and everyone enjoys a long weekend. My fingers are crossed.
Catch you soon