Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Long Island Iced Tea

With all the Fireflys and Sweet Carolinas out there these days, many have forgotten about the original iced tea cocktail. The Long Island Iced Tea has absolutely nothing to do with Southern charm but definitely has the bite of a Belle scorned. Yes, its more labor intensive but does indeed taste dangerously like iced tea. And no, its not distilled down the road from me but can be made from a well stocked kitchen. Some purists (among whom I am not one) claim that vodka and gin should never be mixed but just go ahead and go for it. It will get you schnockered but then again so will Firefly and Sweet Carolina...just don't drink and drive. Best enjoyed in your backyard with nothing else left to do until morning! (And if you have a sudden urge for Bon Jovi's "Slippery when Wet" and leopard print stretch pants, switch back to Firefly)

Long Island Iced Tea:
  • 3/4 ounce white run
  • 3/4 ounce of gin
  • 3/4 ounce of vodka
  • 3/4 ounce of tequila
  • 3/4 ounce of Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce fresh orange juice
  • 2 to 3 ounces of Coke
  • lemon wedge

Pour all the liquid ingredients except Coke into an ice filled collins glass. Top with Coke, and stir gently. Squeeze the lemon wedge into the glass and drop it in!

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