Long Island Iced Tea is a cocktail that, oddly enough, has nothing to do with tea.
It can be considered as the “king of disguise”, as it passes with the naked eye as a cola soda or iced tea and its flavor evokes tea but in this recipe, we are going to replace Coca Cola with Tea.
However, it is composed of an explosive bomb of flavors given by the mixture of distillates in its recipe.
The story behind the Long Island Iced Tea.
One of the feelings of pride of New York, are its suburbs and among them, the picturesque, beautiful and unique Long Island, the beautiful island, with its beaches, its cities where Spanish is spoken as in Latin America and of course the cradle of a drink that is already North American heritage: The Long Island Iced Tea.
Its origin is related to that of iced tea which is an icy form of tea, often served in a glass with ice.
Iced tea is usually served with some mint leaves and some lemon slices, in the US it is usually sweet for the addition of sugar.
All this mixed with a spoon of iced tea that is usually elongated to be able to shake the bottom.
One of these varieties, perhaps the best known is the Long Island Iced Tea dating back to the 1970s and was created by a bartender named Robert Buttu while working in a popular Long Island nightclub called Oak Beach Inn, adding for the first time, the long Island name to the Iced Tea.
The other version.
A story tells that it was created in 1920 in a small Long Island community by a man who lived there and that he passed the recipe to his son Ransom Bishop, who would end up perfecting the drink in 1940.
This story can also be true as you have to add to the cocktail a little cola to make it look similar to Iced Tea, something very understandable during the time of the Prohibition Law when the cocktails were disguised, in order to hide the true concoction that the locals were drinking.
Hence many bartenders rescued them later to prepare them again.
In truth, it doesn’t matter which version you subscribe to; After one or two Long Island iced teas, you probably won’t remember the origin story of the drink anyway.
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup water
3 cups of ice cubes
1/3 cup iced vodka
1/3 cup tequila
1/3 cup white rum
1/3 cup gin
1/4 cup Cointreau liqueur
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup of Green or Black tea instead of Coca Cola.
To start, place the sugar and water in a small saucepan and simmer.
Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves.
Increases the heat to high and brings to the boil.
Cook, stirring, about 3 minutes or until mixture thickens and syrupy consistency.
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