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How to get well acquainted with the Long Island Iced Tea family!

Updated on February 19, 2013

Adios Motherf*****

The Adios Mofo, a relative of the Long Island Ice Tea Family
The Adios Mofo, a relative of the Long Island Ice Tea Family

Long Island Iced Tea and variations

Yes, you heard me right "family". You see depending on your generally area, there are a number of variants to this classic cocktail. Let's start with a brief history of the Long Island Iced Tea (LIIT)


LIIT history

As we all know, certain cocktails have multiple histories. This is definitely one of them. Some say that the Long Island we know and love comes from Long Island, Tennessee during in the 1920s. Now, Prohibition was at it's peak during these times and liquor was pretty much banned. If you had some kind of "ailment" and could get a doctor's note, you were allowed medicinal spirits (they usually were disgusting and you had to mix them). This is much like the medical marijuana that's popular today. A famous moonshiner by the name of Old Man Bishop, developed this drink because on the surface it looked like Iced Tea, which made it easier to hide. However, it had so much liquor content in it that you could get inebriated quickly. His son, Ransom Bishop, perfected the recipe:

One fresh Lemon half
One fresh Lime half


Squeeze both into a glass

½ oz. Rum

1 oz. Vodka

1 oz. Whiskey

½ oz. Gin

½ oz. Tequila

½ oz. Maple Syrup


Top with cola


This mix allowed people to still drink without really having to hide it. There are other accounts saying this mix was made in Jones Beach and of course Long Island, New York. The latter part of the recipe was made in the 1970s and that's the one that people are used to it:

Equal Parts

Gin

Vodka

Rum

Tequila (depends)

1/2 oz of Triple Sec (Orange Liqueur)

Top with Cola


The Long Island Ice Tea

The Long Island Ice Tea is one of those drinks that's easy to make yet easy to screw up. Why? It's all in the measurements. Typical 1/2 oz to 3/4 oz of each liquor (1 oz if you are bold) is enough to make an essentially strong drink. In your tall glass, you want to ensure you use ice to dilute your cocktail and pour up to halfway with the main liquors! Use your Triple Sec as a sweetener and use Sweet and Sour. You can make your own Sweet and Sour which tastes a lot better than the store bought kind and gives it an edge.

Now that you got your basics down. Let's dig into some regional variations:

Long Beach Ice Tea

Equal Parts

Gin

Vodka

Rum

Tequila (depends)

1/2 oz of Triple Sec (Orange Liqueur)

Top with Cranberry Juice instead of Coke

Tokyo Iced Tea

Equal Parts

Gin

Vodka

Rum

Tequila (depends)

1/2 oz of Triple Sec (Orange Liqueur)

Top with Midori or Melon Liqueur instead of Cola

Adios Motherf*****

Equal Parts

Gin

Vodka

Rum

Tequila (depends)

1/2 oz of Blue Curacao (Orange Liqueur) instead of Triple Sec

Top with Sprite or Lemon Lime Soda


There are even more variations on this drink, but these are the more popular ones! For some great videos on how to make these incredible drinks, please check the videos below and of course, my blog! Enjoy!




A giant Long Island Iced Tea

Basic Long Island Iced Tea

Adios Mofo

Tokyo Iced Tea

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    • shin_rocka04 profile imageAUTHOR

      shin_rocka04 

      5 years ago from Maryland

      Yup, this is good and the color resembles an iced tea to help disguise all the alcoholic content

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The colour looks appetizing and I look forward to making this iced tea

    • shin_rocka04 profile imageAUTHOR

      shin_rocka04 

      5 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you for the comment. They are definitely worthy drinking every now and again. Be careful because they are STRONG. Check out some of my other recipes! Thanks again!

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      C123 

      5 years ago

      This is great information, I will try to see if I can make them.

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