Vodka Recipes

Mix This: Long Island Iced Tea (L.I.T.)

January 24th, 2012 — 2:24pm


Order a Long Island Iced Tea in a higher end cocktail establishment, and you might possibly encounter a bit of eye rolling or a quiet “pffft!” under the breath. While certain obscure cocktails have definitely had a resurgence on the scene (absinthe-based ones come to mind) others have been almost vanquished to the “club” scene, considered by some “uncouth” or “unsophisticated” (Lemon drop, anyone?)

The L.I.T is credited to Robert C. “Rosebud” Butt from the 1970′s in Long Island, not surprisingly. Its main attribute is that its flavor belays the fact of its “punch-to-the-face”ness, which is why some bars limit the amount of how many you can order in one sitting. But made correctly, the LIT is a fabulous starter to get your evening started and soften your “mood”…

(One thing of Note: Due to these being a favorite of the club scene, they are usually made to be cranked out because of the high volume of customers. Most do not shake the cocktail, but just build in glass and be done with it. I think the shake makes the drink 10x better, so shake it–but don’t be surprised if you see it built but not shaken)

The Long Island Iced Tea (LIT)
Vodka (1/2)
Gin (1/2)
Tequila (1/2)
Light Rum (1/2)
Fresh Lemon (1/2)
Cointreau (1/2)
Simple (1/4)
Cola (Fill)
Lemon Wedge (Garnish)

All Contents except Cola (duh!) to Tumbler, Ice, Shake and Strain into Ice Filled Collins Glass. Add Cola to Fill, Stir gently and Garnish.

Plex Lowery, Tony’s Saloon General Manager