Thursday, July 19, 2012

Classic Long Island Iced Tea


Happy Thursday and welcome to Ladies Night!  Every Thursday we are so excited to bring you the best cocktails we can dig up and develop.  Chad our fabulous mixologist has been digging through the archives once again and came up with an old favorite.  Every cocktail has a story, and every story stars a devoted mixologist, bartender or spirit enthusiast that we can thank for these fabulous classic creations.

It will be cool someday, when I can order one of Chad's custom creations at any bar or lounge!!!  Apparently, I am not the only one fond of this spectacular cocktail.  It is listed as one of the 5 most requested cocktails in the world.  With a total of 5 spirits in this drink (gin, vodka, tequila, rum and triple sec), you might expect it to knock your socks off.  However a classic Long Island Iced Tea really tastes like you are drinking a sweet iced tea, with fantastic citrus notes.  Go figure!

I was very surprised to read that the Long Island Iced Tea originated in a community called Long Island in Tennessee.  I mean seriously, who ever thought that New Yorkers even drank iced tea?  Well, I guess I never really thought about it.  I can tell you in my years living in New York I never even heard of it, iced tea that is.  I kind of felt like I was on a backwards Pace Picante Sauce commercial from the 90's.  "Get a rope!"

We are having a lot of fun digging up the classics.  Last week we had delicious Sex on the Beach.  Invented during spring break, on the sandy beaches of Fort Lauderdale Florida in the late 80's.

A classic sweet summer cocktail that everyone has heard of, but not everyone has had: Sex on the Beach.  A must this summer!

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Another fantastic classic we enjoyed back this spring was the Tequila Sunrise, actually invented at the Biltmore right here in Phoenix, Arizona.  This is a fabulous fruity cocktail that you will completely enjoy!

The Tequila Sunrise, done right with Jose Cuervo Gold.  The perfect party drink.


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Enjoy!

Long Island Iced Tea
1/2 ounce gin
1/2 ounce tequila
1/2 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce white rum
1/2 ounce triple sec
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces cola
ice

Fill cocktail shaker with ice.  Pour in all ingredients (except cola).  Shake well.  Strain into an ice filled tall cocktail glass.  Add cola, garnish with lemon wedge.  Serve and enjoy!

Click here for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted Italian.com

14 comments:

  1. I remember drinking Long Island Ice Tea and you are right - it tastes like tea and you really don't notice how much you've had to drink until you stand up! At least it was that way for me - I'm such a cheap date :) Great classic!

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    1. LOL, Tricia, you and me both! I don't dare drink one at this point, delicious or not. Maybe at Donna's house... I had NO idea there was cola in it! Just a regular coke, Donna?

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    2. I used to love these, of course every bartender would say... I put a little extra in there for you. Maybe if it was made with the 2 1/2 shots that should be in there we wouldn't be falling over drunk after 1 or 2. : )

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    3. Regular coke will do. We used pepsi one, because that is what we had.

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  2. I remember making these when I was a bartender. They were mighty popular

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  3. Haha definitely haven't had one of these in a loooong time - but you make it look and sound so classy! Cheers!

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    1. Awww, thanks Katherine! So glad you could stop by.

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  4. Wow, makes sense this is Southern, but I never knew. Awesome drink, haven't had one in ages.

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    1. I am thinking of having one tonight. That picture is calling me. Thanks for coming by.

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  5. I haven't had a long island iced tea in ages! You are making me thirsty!

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    1. I know, I hadn't drank one since I was i Florida, about 15 years ago. Still taste just as good though.

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  6. These go down WAY too well! And being the lightweight that I am, one is too many :) But they taste darn good~

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  7. I have to admit that I'm afraid of a Long Island iced tea. I think I would like it WAY TOO MUCH! :) Looking at your recipe tells me I'm right. One day I'll try it. I do know that on the 24th of this month, since it's National Tequila Sunrise Day I will be ordering a Tequila Sunrise! Haven't had one since the 70's so that should be fun! Have a great weekend!

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