Long Island Iced Tea

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Long Island Iced Tea
IBA official cocktail
Long Island Iced Teas.jpg
The Long Island Iced Tea was named for its visual resemblance to non-alcoholic Iced tea.
Type Cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard drinkware
Highball Glass (Tumbler).svg
Highball glass
IBA specified
ingredientsdagger
Preparation Add all ingredients into highball glass filled with ice. Stir gently. Garnish with lemon spiral. Serve with straw. [1]
dagger Long Island Iced Tea recipe at International Bartenders Association

A Long Island Iced Tea is a type of alcoholic mixed drink typically made with vodka, tequila, light rum, triple sec, gin, and a splash of cola, which gives the drink the same amber hue as its namesake.[1] A popular version mixes equal parts vodka, gin, rum, triple sec, with ​1 12 parts sour mix and a splash of cola. Lastly, it is decorated with the lemon and straw, after stirring with bar spoon smoothly.[2]

Most variants use equal parts of the main liquors, but include a smaller amount of triple sec (or other orange-flavored liqueur). Close variants often replace the sour mix with lemon juice, replace the cola with diet cola or actual iced tea, or add white crème de menthe. Most variants do not include any tea.

The drink has a much higher alcohol concentration (approximately 22 percent) than most highball drinks due to the relatively small amount of mixer.

Origin[edit]

Robert "Rosebud" Butt claims to have invented the Long Island Iced Tea as an entry in a contest to create a new mixed drink with triple sec in 1972 while he worked at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island, New York.[3][4][5]

A slightly different drink is claimed to have been invented in the 1920s during Prohibition in the United States by an "Old Man Bishop" in a local community named Long Island in Kingsport, Tennessee.[6][7] The drink was then perfected by Ransom Bishop, Old Man Bishop's son. This drink included whiskey and maple syrup, and varied quantities of the five liquors, rather than the modern one with cola and five equal portions of the five liquors.

Variations[edit]

The popularity of the Long Island has spawned its own family of highballs.[4] Many drinks remain popular in their own right in numerous locales throughout the United States, while owing their existence to the success of the original Long Island Iced Tea. An example of a variation to the Long Island is the Purple Rain, which uses the same mix as a Long Island but the Triple Sec is replaced with a shot of Chambord Liqueur and the cola replaced with lemonlime soda [8]. The Adios Mother is consider a variation of the Long Island Ice Tea or a Blue Hawaiian.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Long Island Iced Tea". International Bartenders Association. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved February 20, 2016. 
  2. ^ "롱 아일랜드 아이스티". www.doopedia.co.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-05-07. 
  3. ^ Robert Butt. "The official website of the original Long Island Iced Tea". Archived from the original on November 4, 2016. Retrieved May 3, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Thomson, Julie R. (August 2, 2017). "You Can Thank A Guy Named Bob Butt For The Long Island Iced Tea". Archived from the original on August 4, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Long Island Iced Tea". INVENTORS. PBS Digital Studios, InventorSeries,. Archived from the original on July 6, 2017. Retrieved May 3, 2017. 
  6. ^ Moore, J. S. (October 13, 2006). Understanding Apples. Outskirts Press. p. 48. ISBN 1598007467. 
  7. ^ "Long Island Iced Tea: From New York, or Tennessee?". Archived from the original on December 29, 2013. Retrieved August 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Purple Rain drink recipe". Archived from the original on August 5, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Adios Mother****er Cocktail Recipe". Archived from the original on October 5, 2012. 

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