Classic Long Island Iced Tea Recipe: A Taste of Summer in the Hamptons
The first Long Island Iced Tea recipe was reportedly concocted in Long Island, New York by the bartender, Robert Butts. First served there in the early 1970’s, it has been one of the most well-liked bar drinks ever since.
This popular “tea” has no tea, but it must have tequila, and a top-shelf variety is best. The recipe for this highball actually contains five types of alcohol. Included are:
- Triple Sec
To mix up the classic version of this power punch, pour into a Collins glass with ice:
- 1/2 ounce Tequila
- 1/2 ounce Rum
- 1/2 ounce Vodka
- 1/2 ounce Gin
- 1/2 ounce Triple Sec (try Grand Marnier®)
- 3/4 ounce sweet & sour mix
Top with a bit of cola and garnish with a twist of lemon.
Since classic Long Island Iced Tea recipes include tequila, it is worthwhile to learn a bit about different types of tequilas. There are hundreds of varieties, at least. If you know nothing else, buy a decent 100% blue agave tequila.
Tequila is first divided into white or gold.
- White, (or blanco or silver) tequila is made from 100% blue agave, and
- Oro (or gold) tequila is usually “mixed”, with 51% blue agave, and the rest being sugars and other additives like coloring and glycerin.
- Oro tequila is usually what you find in mixed drinks at your friendly neighborhood bar.
The tequilas are further categorized by age.
- Bottles that are labeled blanco or gold are bottled just after distillation.
- Reposado is a bit older, and is “rested” for between two and twelve months in oak barrels.
- Anejo is the oldest, “aged” for at least a year in small barrels, often whiskey barrels which will impart a lovely flavor.
This classic Long Island Iced Tea is the quintessential taste of summer in the Hamptons, or wherever you find yourself during the long, lazy days of summer. Try one by the pool or at the beach with a picnic basket.
These drinks are best served with a hearty meal rather than light appetizers, due to the fact that it contains so much “spirit” (about 25% alcohol). It can be ordered “extra-long” for even more kick. This is a serious drink that you might want to sip to make last a long time.
For a drink that tastes even more like summer, replace the sweet & sour mix with freshly-squeezed lemon juice in this fabulous Long Island Iced Tea recipe.