Mmmm, there is nothing quite like a long island ice tea: and there is nothing like having four or five that leaves one on the bathroom floor all night. In all honesty, for a drink so delicious, it is a killer. It has left me reaching for painkillers many a morning-after, and rightfully so! It is concocted with a plethora of strong spirits with nothing but a dash of coke (or Pepsi, calm down) and a hint of sweet and sour. If it was a person, it would be John Cena trapped in Audrey Hepburn’s body: pretty on the outside but ready to rip you up from the outside out. A word from the wise: slow down when you get to your second drink… third if you are a veteran.
Is a Long Island Ice Tea Acquired Taste
Every time I have enjoyed a Long Island Ice Tea, it wasn’t too sweet, it didn’t have too much burn from the alcohol…it was, how did Goldilocks put it? JUUUST right!
For those who are looking for something to burn the excess stress off from the week, or month…or year, this is a great go-to cocktail. It is also great for those who are looking for as much alcohol as possible in one glass.
It has enough liquor for a woman, but tasty enough for a man…or did I mix that up? Let’s not play the gender card here – if you are going to have a night of Long Islands, be sure to set yourself up for success and eat enough food and salt to buffer some of that alcoholic mayhem you will be filling your gut with. And speaking of food….
Food That Pairs Well With a Long Island Iced Tea
Seeing as this drink was created in the U.S. of A., what goes better with an all-American drink than an all-American meal? And what do you think when you think “Merica'”? That’s right, a good ol’ fashioned cheeseburger with this classic will set you straight. In fact, if you ask me, anything you would grill on the 4th of July would probably go very well with a long island ice tea. This includes hot dogs, hot wings and steaks to name a few.
If you aren’t into grilling, anything tomato-based will work just fine. Some bread with bruschetta as an appetizer will do nicely, or perhaps some Swedish meatballs with tomato sauce on the side or even a Roma-tomato salad will do wonders paired with this drink.
If you plan on tossing a few back, going heavy on some penne pasta will prepare your stomach for the long night (just make sure you have it with a lot of oil or butter).
Origins of the Long Island Ice Tea
Yes, origins can be quite sketchy: drunk people across time have claimed fame to the creation of this magical highball, but who REALLY invented it? Literature dating back to 1961 credits the drink in a Betty Crocker Cook Book, but in actuality, this drink is argued to have been created in either Tennessee or New York: if you go to New York, New Yorkers say that this beverage was created there while the opposite is said in Tennessee.
Robert “Rosebud” Butt claimed himself the rightful creator at a contest in Long Island New York in 1972. Then again, during prohibition in the United States, a man lovingly known as “Old Man Bishop” from a community in Kingsport, Tennessee called “Long Island” is credited to have created the drink out of whiskey and maple syrup.
Regardless from whence this delightful beverage came from, it is indeed one of my favorites. But though it goes down easy, it will mess you up if you aren’t careful. BEWARE! This drink has been known to take even the most seasoned of drinkers to their knees. If someone offers you another one after two rounds, just say “No!” If not for you, for your liver’s sake!
Please remember to drink responsibly!
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