Smells Like Long Island Iced Tea
Long Island Iced Tea Look-Alike
The Long Island iced tea is one of the more popular cocktails of all time. This deceivingly sweet cocktail kicks like a mule and rightly so as its laced with gin, vodka, rhum and sometimes tequila. I have a friend who moves in bartenders circles and is a jolly drinker (or at least he used to be until he got diagnosed with diabetes). He was the first to introduce me to the drink. After college, we got together for some catching up and had a few drinks at a local TGI Fridays bar. Now I wanted to get tipsy but am not well versed in the cocktails department. He took me in hand and ordered for me, he even dictated which brands of gin, vodka, rhum and tequilla to use. While I was expecting to get tipsy after hearing what's in the drink, I wasn't at all prepared to get floored though just half way through the drink. I then started to respect this drink.
Now I consider myself a strong drinker, I don't like beer very much but I love vodka. My favorite is vodka and maraschino cherries. I learned that the cherry would act as a sponge taking in the alcohol, so the drink really kicks in after you eat the cherry at the bottom. Gin is alright too so is rhum (with coke) and brandy. Brandy works great with coffee I learned. Tequilla is too ceremonious (lick, shoot, suck) and I really don't want to work for my drink, now if its tequilla sunrise, then that's fine.
I used to go to this pseudo-bartender friend's place on weekends before just to drink and chat. Usually its just the two of us and we could down a bottle of Absolut with the cherries or Fundador with Coke, we'd eat some popcorn, play good music or sing while he plays the guitar, and just laugh the night away. We'd discuss our grand plans and schemes and feel generally good about ourselves. I never drink when I'm sad, I just don't think its a good mix. Drinking is for celebration and not sorrow. Besides, when I'm sad I would very much like to be in complete control of my faculties.
The night of drinking would end with me plastered on the backseat of a cab slurring the directions to my place to a sympathetic driver. Drinking is something I enjoy doing with the right set of friends. Nothing works like alcohol to loosen the mind and the tongue and melt all inhibitions. I don't just drink socially, I drink to get wasted, to let my hair down and act licentiously (without the sex of course hehehe), crawl back to my bed, then blame just about everything on the drink. Nowadays its just red wine or the sparkling stuff, pretty boring.
If there is one treasured knowledge that I learned from Jun (the pseudo bartender friend), before he shunned the drink to take better care of his health, is his recipe for dirty long island iced tea. By dirty I mean the cheap brands of alcohol substituting the expensive ones. I carry this recipe in my mind and have actually used it several times with great success. Its plenty and cheap, it tastes like the expensive stuff and it still kicks like a mule. The recipe I know can provide drinks for an entire party for the whole night, really wholesale stuff. Its best for party people who are out to get wasted and wouldn't have to drive home. It's ideal for people who do not like the strong taste of alcohol but would still want to get drunk. Here goes:
- 750 ml vodka/gin of any kind
- 750 ml rhum
- 1 liter unsweetened pineapple juice
- 2 liters of coca cola
- 4-5 tablespoons of the local lemon (calamansi) or real lemon juice
- lots of ice
- a 5-liter container with cover to shake the drink in
Now a little layering goes into the mixing and I really don't know why, so the pineapple juice goes in first followed by the rhum, the vodka (or gin) topped by the coke. Close the container and shake vigorously then add the lemon juice. You can pour the contents in a pitcher with lots of ice or straight to a tall glass still with lots of ice and garnish with lemon wedges then serve. Cheers my friends!