‘Long Island Iced Tea’ is a mixed drink made out of Vodka, Gin, Tequila, Triple Sec, and Rum and do not contain any Tea contents. The drink is very strong alcoholic cocktail served mostly in summer. There are a few confusions on the origin of the drink, mostly everyone claims that the Long Island Iced Tea came into existence in the 1970s in Long Island, New York and hence the name of the drink. But another story states that the Long Island Iced Tea is not even from New York and it originated in Kingsport, Tennessee in 1920s. The Long Island Iced Tea cocktail contains a much high concentration of alcohol content in the drink, since it has equal proportions of Vodka, Gin, Tequila, and Rum. The Vodka adds a kick to the Long Island Iced Tea, while the Tequila gives it a wood aged tone. The Rum and the Gin are added into the drink to give a flavor of spiciness. The drink has a sweet and sour mix taste and it is equally balanced. The Long Island Iced Tea is known as one of the top five cocktails around the world and its popularity still continues.
Origin of the Long Island Iced Tea
It is believed that the Long Island Iced Tea was first served by a bartender named Robert Butt at the Oak Beach Inn in Babylon, Long Island, New York during 1972. Yet another claim goes to Charles Bishop, who invented it in 1930s. There is still confusion over the invention of the Long Island Iced Tea cocktail, as it is believed to have originated in the 1920s in the city of Long Island in Kingsport Tennessee. It has been invented by an Old Man Bishop, who is said to have passed the cocktail recipe to his son and the drink became popular in the 1940s.
Ingredients used and popular methods of preparing Long Island Iced Tea
The ingredients in the Long Island Iced Tea include- Vodka, Gin, Tequila, Rum, Triple Sec, and Cola. Each of these above mentioned ingredients adds a particular flavor and specialty to the drink. Vodka, which is the most classic ingredient of the Long Island Iced Tea cocktail is a distilled spirit made from wheat, potato or rye. Vodka actually gives the alcohol content to the cocktail and it is added in equal proportion. Tequila is added next to Vodka to make the cocktail and mostly the Reposado Tequila is used for this. It has been aged in Whiskey, Cognac, and Wine to add the unique flavors. Rum is then added to the Long Island Iced Tea recipe. Since the rum is made from sugar cane products it adds a sweet caramel flavor to the cocktail. The Long Island Iced Tea recipe mostly holds a light Rum or lightly spiced rum. The next ingredient added is the Gin, which gives the cocktail a complex flavor. The final alcohol ingredient added to the Long Island Iced Tea is the Triple Sec, which made of Cognac or Brandy with a tinge of dried orange peels. This gives the intense sweetness and tanginess to the drink.
Later the Sweet and Sour mix is added to the ingredients to provide a balance for the liquors. The sweet and sour mix contains equal amounts of lime juice and simple syrup, which is made of sugar and water. A sour candy flavor is made out of this combination. The complete mixture is stirred and shaken well. Brown Cola is added to the Long Island Iced Tea recipe to give the drink its look similar to that of Iced Tea. Also the Cola added gives a subtle fizz to the cocktail.
Serving the Long Island Iced Tea
The Long Island Iced Tea is served on ‘highball’ glass with a lemon slice on the glass to garnish the drink. The drink is usually served chill.
Popular variations to the Long Island Iced Tea
The most common variants in the Long Island Iced Tea recipe is that the amount of Triple Sec is reduced compared to the other alcohols. There are also variations in the sweet and sour mix which could be replaced with lemon juice and the cola with actual iced tea. The other variations to the Long Island Iced Tea include- Peach Long Island, Pittsburgh Tea, The Long Beach Iced Tea, The Tokyo Iced Tea,Tennessee Iced Tea, and Alaskan Iced Tea.
Health Facts of Long Island Iced Tea
Like any other health hazards related to alcohol, the Long Island Iced Tea also holds certain amount of health issues. The Long Island Iced Tea drink has 28% of alcohol concentration. The alcohol percentage in the cocktail can be increased depending on the mixer ratio.