Watch out: This is a strong one. Long Island iced tea is a super-charged combination of five liquors topped with a splash of cola. Try to limit your guests to two each. They’re potent—and really easy to drink, especially on a hot summer day.–Jessie Cross
LC Bad, Bad Blender Drink Note
Umbrella-bedecked blender drinks don’t get much boozier than this riff on the traditional Long Island iced tea, that raid-the-liquor-cabinet classic that packs a doozy of a wallop. The thing is, this cockamamy combination of liquors actually tastes fairly innocuous. And therein lies the danger. (Tell us we’re not the only ones to have come to this realization much, much too late for our own good.) This blender drink is no more virtuous. Oh, hey, do you like the use of the skinny wooden part of the umbrella as a skewer for the garnish?
Frozen Long Island Iced Tea Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 10 M
- 10 M
- Serves 2
- 2 to 3 cups ice
- 1 1/2 cups sour mix
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce light rum
- 1 ounce tequila
- 1 ounce triple sec
- 1 12-ounce can cola
- Fresh lemon slices or orange wedges and maraschino cherries skewered on paper umbrellas (optional garnish)
- 1. Dump 2 cups ice, the sour mix, vodka, gin, light rum, tequila, and triple sec in the blender. Blend until slushy, adding more ice if needed.
- 2. Divvy the slush between 2 tall glasses and top off each with a splash of cola, reserving the rest of the can of cola for another use. If desired, garnish each Long Island iced tea with lemon slices or orange wedges and maraschino cherries skewered on paper umbrellas. Serve immediately.
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May 17, 2013
I need to start by saying that I couldn’t get “sour mix”, so I used Rosie’s Lime Cordial instead. It worked out quite well. I added the amount called for, but that seemed too citrus-y for me. If you use the lime cordial, I suggest that you start with one cup and add about one or two tablespoons at a time, until you get the right taste for your palate. (You’ll have people fighting to be quality control for this taste test!) This does make close to 6 cups of “tea”, so the recipe could be split among 4 people. It’s perfect for Collins cocktail glasses and would still allow room for an ice cube or two (recommended). The drink wasn’t slushy, but my ingredients were at room temperature before mixing. It did have a nice, refreshing, light, tea-like flavor, a hint of dryness, and a touch of sweet and tangy. It had the tea-like look, too, of clear sepia.
May 17, 2013
I like my iced tea with sugar and lemon. This drink combines those ingredients in a very well balanced combination with several liquors. I have an older blender, so I had to let it run uninterrupted in order to get the proper “slushy” drink. The caution for testers is very valid. “Watch out: This is a strong one.” I do think this is better to sip rather than drink it as a thirst quencher. However I do see the temptation to do the quenching!
May 17, 2013
What’s not to like about a Long Island Iced Tea? With spring here and summer right around the corner, what a wonderful cocktail for a backyard barbecue. I love the idea of having this drink “slushy”, but to really do so, it needs more than two cups of ice. I found that 3 cups make it perfect. Also, I really would consider doubling the liquor, keeping the sour mix the same and still adding the splash of coke. I don’t like strong drinks, but I don’t think you would really taste much alcohol. I can’t taste ANY alcohol in it the way it is written. [Editor’s Note: Uh, that’s sorta what makes the Long Island Iced Tea so darn dangerous—you can’t taste the booze. Proceed with that recommendation to double the spirits with extreme caution.] It would be ideal to make the “slush part” in advance, keep in the freezer and spoon it into a glass, then add the coke. I plan to try that and will keep you posted!
Frozen Long Island Iced Tea Recipe © 2012 Jessie Cross. Photo © 2012 Jessie Cross. All rights reserved.