This frozen Long Island iced tea is a boozy, umbrella-bedecked blender drink riff on the traditional raid-your-liquor-cabinet classic of five liquors (yes, five!) topped with a splash of cola that packs a doozy of a wallop. The thing is, this cockamamy combo of liquors actually tastes fairly innocuous. And therein lies the danger.
Frozen Long Island Iced Tea
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- 10 M
- 10 M
- Serves 2
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Recipe Testers Reviews
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!
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!
This had 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.
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 1 or 2 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.