We wish to thank our old friend and ever-reliable colleague Sarah McCabe for tonight’s idea
The origins of the Long Island Iced Tea have always been disputed. Was it as a cover for all that funny hooch during Prohibition? Or was it more recent? For the record, this is Wikipedia‘s take:
Robert “Rosebud” Butt claims to have invented the Long Island iced tea as an entry in a contest to create a new mixed drink with triple sec in 1972 while he worked at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island, New York.
A slightly different drink is claimed to have been invented in the 1920s during Prohibition in the United States by an “Old Man Bishop” in a local community named Long Island in Kingsport, Tennessee. The drink was then perfected by Ransom Bishop, Old Man Bishop’s son. This drink included whiskey and maple syrup, and varied quantities of the five liquors, rather than the modern one with cola and five equal portions of the five liquors.
We post their link below. But, be warned, gentle readers: this is a really strong one! Do not attempt to drive, operate heavy machinery or give legal evidence anytime soon after this lot:
Put six ice cubes into a tall mixing glass. Add HALF measures of each of the following: gin, vodka, white rum, tequila, Cointreau. ONE measure fresh lemon juice. Half teaspoon sugar syrup. Stir and pour into a tall glass, with more cubes. Top up with nice cold Coca cola or Pepsi. (If you choose one, don’t tell the other lot you’ve done it) Decorate with a slice of lemon. Straws if you want.
We take our recipe from Hamlyn’s The Ultimate Cocktail Book. Note that today’s choice does give you the chance to drawl “Stirred, not shaken” in your best James Bond accent. Happy Friday, secret agents everywhere.
The Ultimate Cocktail Book Hamlyn 2003
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