Long Island Hot Tea with Vodka

December 18, 2010
3 Ratings
  • Serves 2 (can be multiplied)
Author Notes

Long Island Iced Tea is a hyper-alcoholic drink, allegedly invented here on Long Island (although there are others who claim it). It is historically credited to bartenders trying to circumvent Prohibition by creating a drink that looks and tastes like real iced tea, and to 1950's housewives mixing together a little of everything in the liquor cabinet. With a little lemon, a little honey and some hot tea, it's the best treatment I can think of for a cold winter night. —drbabs

What You'll Need
  • ~1/2 ounce (~1TB) Vodka (preferably Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka )
  • ~1/2 ounce (~1TB) Gin
  • ~1/2 ounce (~1TB) Cointreau (or other orange-flavored liqueur)
  • ~1/2 ounce (~1TB) Tequila
  • ~1/2 ounce (~1TB) light rum
  • 2 cups strong brewed hot tea (I use English Breakfast.)
  • honey to taste
  • lemon juice to taste
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  1. Boil water and prepare tea.
  2. While tea is steeping, mix liquors together. You should have about 2-3 ounces total. Divide between 2 cups of tea. Taste and add honey and lemon as desired. Serve with a cinnamon stick if desired.
  3. Sleep tight!

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9 Reviews

Sagegreen December 24, 2010
Dangerously good!
lapadia December 22, 2010
Love this, drbabs!
drbabs December 22, 2010
:) Thanks!
arielleclementine December 18, 2010
really cool idea! helenthenanny loves long island ice teas- she'd be all over this. mayhaps i'll make it to serve to her on festivus- give me an upperhand in the competitive activities!
drbabs December 19, 2010
Sounds great!
mrslarkin December 18, 2010
Yes, this will do the trick!
drbabs December 19, 2010
Lizthechef December 18, 2010
Clever, dr. b!!
drbabs December 18, 2010
:) Thanks!