Long Island ice tea is a drink iced indeed, but it’s not a tea! Sounds interesting? The tall, sublime concoction originated in the late 1970s at the Oak Beach Inn in Babylon, Long Island, N.Y. The drink’s construction is so unique that its creator — bartender Robert Bott — should be knighted. It takes a peculiarly bent mind to even contemplate combining four light liquors in one glass, no less to make the combination work so well.
In addition to having one of the longest drink names in the business, the Long Island Iced Tea is an inexplicably brilliant creation. A disclaimer though, the finished drink may look as innocent as iced tea, but it packs a major wallop. On a lighter note, the drink in all of its guises is a tailor-made heat buster, a perfect elixir for the dog days of summer.
Here is a recipe you can try at the confines of your home
• ½ oz Vodka
• ½ oz Tequila
• ½ oz Light Rum
• ½ oz Gin
• 1 Dash Coca-Cola
• Twist of Lemon Peel (or Lime)
1. Mix all contents in a highball glass and stir gently
2. Add dash of Coca-Cola for the colouring and garnish with lemon or lime twist