Vodka Drinks – How to Make a Long Island Iced Tea

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional bartender Joshua Dubois shows how to mix a Long Island iced tea.

    Joshua Dubois

    Joshua has bartended in several bars including The Pub in Brooklyn and Fatso's Lawrence, Kansas. Mixing drinks has been a passion for Josh since childhood when he used to mix his milk and chocolate syrup flair style on the playground. He then went through the school of hard knocks at The Pub in NYC under a career bartender whom had been bartending since the age of 13 in Ireland. He then spent two years at Fatso's Public House and Stage in Lawrence, KS under the supervision of bartending master Gavin Smith. He now resides in the DC metro area and bartends for private parties.

    Hi, I am Josh Dubois. Today, we are making vodka drinks and right now, I am going to make a Long Island Iced Tea. Now, this is not necessarily just a vodka drink. In fact, it has the most liquors in it of quite possibly any drink. A little history on the Long Island Iced Tea is the Long Island Iced Tea came about during prohibition when the bootleggers would take any and all combinations of liquor and put them all in a glass and disguise it with a little bit of coke, so that they could walk down the street and look like they are drinking iced tea but they are actually drinking a liquor drink.

    So, what you are going to do is you are going to serve this in a high ball glass because there is lot of liquor that goes into this drink. You are going to fill it up to a very tip top with ice and you are going to use equal parts of vodka, rum, gin, tequila and triple sec. The way that you remember this is it is basically, all of the clear or semi clear liquors. You are not using any sort of whiskey or anything. There are all the clear liquors that go into this drink. So, you are going to use one ounce of each and now, this one of the drinks that if you are a really good bartender, you can pick up all four bottles at once and pour all four of them in at once. We are not going to do that today, because we are just going to show you how this actually goes together. So, what are you going to do, one, two vodka, one, two rum, one, two gin, one, two tequila and one, two triple sec. Now, as you can see that is all liquor. This is a very, very potent drink and there is not much that goes into this drink that is not liquor. Now, you can either use, with this you can use the juice of one quarter lemon and you can just put all that juice in there or you can use sour mix and you use about the same amount of Sour mix. Then, you are going to top it off with coke. This drink, you garnish with a lemon and you are going to serve with a straw. That s how you make a Long Island Iced Tea. Next, we are going to show you how to make a Vodka Grasshopper.