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Long Island Iced Tea

A highball made with equal parts vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and triple sec with 1 1/2 parts sour mix with a splash of cola

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  • Dec 9, 2008
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There are times when my high metabolism and iron liver really annoy me. Every time I go out with friends, I need a head start on the drinks because with them, it seems just a few is enough to get warm and fuzzy. With me, I literally need liquor hooked directly to my veins.

So to deal with this problem, I start off with a Long Island Iced Tea. It contains just the right mix of liquors to make it taste like iced tea, and one or two is usually enough to get the trick done.  Since I'm a fan of sour drinks like this or an Amaretto Sour, I really don't mind if it's the only cocktail I order all night.

I will admit that once I did have a half-dozen too many. I was at Fisherman's Place in San Clemente, and the combination of eating at a restaurant on the water, plus looking at the choppy sea, did get my quite nauseous, but I never went overboard. So far, so good.

I know a lot of people don't like this particular cocktail, and I can't blame them. If it's not made well and there's too much of one liquor (like rum or vodka), then the flavor gets thrown off and it can be quite nasty. I like mine with more coke and lemon in it to mask the taste of alcohol.

It's worth trying if you've never had one, but if you get sick or drunk easily, I wouldn't particularly recommend this cocktail. If you do have an iron liver thanks to your father's years of college-level drunkenness, then a Long Island is just what you need.

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review by . December 15, 2008
Long Island Iced Tea
As someone with a small bladder, I sure can appreciate a Long Island Iced Tea.  This is one of few cocktails made of various liquors, four to be exact, plus a liqueur.  I love watching skilled bartenders make Long Island Ice Teas.  It's such a trip watching them pour all four liquors into the glass at the same time.  It's the cocktail that has the least amount of liquid all the while being highly potent, yet still decent-tasting, so all I need is one for the evening and I'm set.   …
Quick Tip by . May 17, 2011
Iced tea and booze! One of the truly pleasurable combinations in life! But BE CAREFUL with these suckers - they're so delicious and go down so smoothly and easily and have so much alcohol that you could get blind drunk off one too many before you even realize it's happening.
Quick Tip by . June 07, 2010
Always the most for your $
Quick Tip by . May 23, 2010
I will never drink a Long Island Iced Tea again! This drink is so strong & gave me the worst headache. I'd rather have a nice glass of wine!
Quick Tip by . March 07, 2010
If made correctly i actually enjoy this booze bomb-- don't tell anyone;)
Quick Tip by . March 04, 2010
These'll get you in trouble! But they'll also get you spirited ;)
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A highball made with equal parts vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and triple sec with 1 1/2 parts sour mix with a splash of cola. Originally rumored to have been created during prohibition to resemble plain iced tea, the drink was actually the 1970s creation of Robert "Rosebud" Buttu, a bartender from Long Island.
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