Party Drinks

Published : 29/10/2008 17:21:20
Categories : Party Food and Drinks

How to make a Long Island Iced Tea for the discerning party guest

This hot party drink idea is for a Long Island Iced Tea. You may be forgiven for assuming this to be a harmless American style soft drink suitable for Grandma and her teetotal friends but don't be fooled by the name. This most definitely is not for Grandma; in fact a Long Island Iced Tea is probably best described as the bad boy of all Party drinks and cocktails. A deceptive little number, you’ll be surprised just how easily they slip down. With all the good looks sweetness and charm of an alco-pop but with the serious after kick of a snake bite or shot, say night night to reality and hello oblivion. Serve these cocktails at your party if you will but beware, with its almost sunset like appearance and decorative lemon slice disguise, this truly is the Siren of all party drinks.

Long Island Iced Tea party cocktail – our version

We took long tall slim highball glasses, rinsed them and popped in the freezer for 10 minutes to cool and to give a frosted glass appearance. Truthfully, this was purely for our own indulgence, guests were going to be served their party drinks in disposable glasses – really it’s a very small freezer and our guests, they really wouldn’t appreciate all that extra effort (riffraff).

After much testing and as best we can recall it went something like this….a shot of Gordons, tequila, Bacardi Rum, and vodka and of course plenty of ice. Buy a bag of ice before your party – it only costs about a pound, you get loads and it’s the one thing you always run out of, usually after the first round of drinks. We do believe we then added a splash of triple sec for a lovely orange fruity flavour and then our special online purchase, sweet and sour mix. You have to think of this bit well in advance of your party as it’s not the kind of thing you can nip down the local off license for. It’s a kind of lemon sugar mix and tastes fabulous. This is a great thing to keep in your cupboard because it can be used to make so many other fabulous party drinks. A splash of diet coke came next and a wedge of lemon to decorate. A cocktail umbrella, 2 cherries 2 straws and a squeeze of lime on the top and there you have it, one slightly over investigated party drink to remember- or maybe not.

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Tina Gray


24/05/2010 02:04:15

Wow...I am really liking this drink and I haven't even tasted it yet. You have written this sooo well, so well in fact that If I didn't know better I'd think that you invented it yourself hehe. Long Island here I comeee !

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