Long Island Iced Tea

May 10, 2010 (Day 100) — Long Island Iced Tea

It’s Day 100 of Cocktails, 365! Do you realize what that means? That means that as of tonight’s post, I’ve hit the century mark when it comes to cocktails. And I’m nowhere near finished!

Nowhere. Near.

Haven't got to this point, thankfully.

But, since it’s a Monday, and we’re right smack dab in the middle of World Cocktail Week, and I start rehearsal for an upcoming show tonight, and it’s my 100th drink, why don’t we go with a classic? A classic that seems to have been created for the simple purposed of making you greet the barroom floor face first. I’m speaking, of course, of the Long Island Iced Tea. The Long Island Iced tea is one of the bar world’s most enduring drinks. And the recipe reads like someone decided to clear out the little dredges of their liquor cabinet one evening.

Just take a look

1 oz tequila

1 oz gin

1 oz vodka

1 oz rum

1 oz triple sec

1.5 oz sweet and sour mix

1 splash cola

Take another look at that. Really soak it in. Four liquors, one liqueur and a cordial. Then, just so you don’t feel too much like a wasted hobo, you add a bit of cola for color. It’s going to either be a great way to start your week, or a quick introduction into the week from hell. It all depends on how well you handle it. This one, soldier, is all on your shoulders.

Remember when you were a kid and you’d go to the pizza parlor? They’d give you your own cup to fill, so you’d run up and down the line of fountain drinks making liquid alchemy that was an afront to God himself. The Suicide.

This, ladies and gentleman, is the booze equivalent of the The Suicide.

Color me confused. I guess I don’t “get” this drink. No one liquor takes charge in this drink. All are muddled together in a confused mish-mash of flavors. The sweet and sour mix does add a little bit of tartness to it, but that cola is really only there for color. I mean… it’s not BAD per se. I mean… I’m not spitting it across the room ala The Cricket.

But… I don’t see the point of it. Unless the actual point of this cocktail is simply to get as smashed as possible in a short amount of time. That would certainly explain its popularity. I mean, it grows on you. But, I’m convinced it only grows on you because you’re getting progressively drunker as the drink goes on.

It’s an efficient drunk. Personally, I didn’t like it. But try it. You may like it. I may be completely missing something.


— Mark


  1. Next time try 1/2 ounce of each liquor, minus the tequila, with more coke, and a float of fresh maraschino cherry juice on top. Much better, and less likely to make you feel like you should join Alcoholics Anonymous.


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