Improving The Long Island Iced Tea

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Upcoming TDN – Tuaca

If you haven’t heard of it, you will soon. Tuaca is a vanilla and citrus flavored liqueur that has been making its rounds at the bars in shot form. But this Thursday, it’ll be finding its way into a host of original cocktails that we’ll be developing throughout the night. And as usual, we’ll do a poll on the Mixoloseum blog to determine the best drink, whose creator will receive one pound of Kaiser Penguin’s home-cured bacon.

We start knocking them back at 7pm EST!

Join us in the chat room!

(If you have missed out on the fun so far, check out what Thursday Drink Night is all about.)

TDN Long Island Iced Tea Wrap-Up

I was a bit wary going into last week’s Thursday Drink Night; I wasn’t sure if the drinks would be stellar or complete trash. Luckily, they were spectacular. Everything from Applejack to Root Beer found its way into our cocktails, and the rules were simple: every cocktail had to have at least two base spirits in it. The poll was tight this week too, but one winner came out victorious and will be happily receiving some high-quality bar equipment courtesy of Mud Puddle Books.

Winning Cocktail

Donn's Island

Donn’s Island

  • 1oz Cruzan Dark
  • 1oz White Martinique (Premiere Canne)
  • 1oz 10 Cane (or Oronoco)
  • 1oz Wray and Nephew Overproof rum
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1oz Don’s Mix (2:1 Grapefuit juice:cinnamon syrup)
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • club soda, to top

Sacrifice a Kold Draft machine to the tiki gods, and if you’re lucky, they’ll grant you this delightful potion. [ed. note: If you’d like to send the Ice Butler my way, I’d be happy to “sacrifice” it for you.]

Blair from Trader Tiki

Featured Cocktails

The Mixoloseum Twitter page has a full list of Long Island Improvements from the evening, but here are a few highlights:

Long Island Punch

Long Island Punch

  • 1oz bourbon
  • 1oz Appleton Extra
  • 1/4oz absinthe
  • 1/2oz lime juice
  • 1/2oz simple syrup
  • 1/4t grenadine
  • 1/2oz orgeat syrup
  • 1 1/2oz root beer

Shake all except the root beer with crushed ice and climb a ladder. Donate the contents of your shaker into an enormous tiki mug from at least 10 feet off the ground. Top with fizzy root beer.

Tiare from A Mountain of Crushed Ice

Calm River

Calm River

  • 1 1/2oz bourbon
  • 1oz brandy
  • 1/2oz Aperol
  • 1/2oz lemon juice
  • 1/2oz cinnamon syrup
  • 1 dash Angostura orange bitters
  • Ting, to top

Shake with cracked ice gathered from the tail of an ice kraken. Pour into a canoe-shaped mug and top with Ting or other grapefruit soda.

Chris from An Exercise in Hospitality and Rick from Kaiser Penguin

Soul Harvester

  • 1oz scotch (used Laphroaig)
  • 1oz Applejack
  • 1oz triple Sec (used Combier)
  • 1oz lemon juice
  • lemon peel, for garnish

Shake with cracked ice and strain into an overly fancy cocktail glass that’s been chilled. Expel the oils from the lemon peel onto your tipple, and discard the peel.

Rick from Kaiser Penguin

KP Question

  • What’s your favorite Long Island Iced Tea variation?

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  1. TiareNo Gravatar says:

    Well, as i wasn`t able to attend that TDN i`m not sure..but i really want to try the Calm River as soon as i get some Aperol.

    Your photos and garnishes are awesome!


  2. nabokovNo Gravatar says:

    Super photos!

    And in reply to KP question: i like classic variant Long Island Iced Tea but with splash orange juice

  3. DJ HawaiianShirtNo Gravatar says:

    Can I get a more specific measurement on the lime juice and lemon juice for the Donn’s Island? Mine came out way too tart. Thanks guys!

  4. RickNo Gravatar says:


    I’d go with 3/4oz lime juice and 1/2oz lemon. Do you know how much you used?

  5. DJ HawaiianShirtNo Gravatar says:

    I definitely used more than that. I’m going to try this again. Thanks.

  6. For the rhum try using Tanduay Rhum of the Philippines. Tourists that tried Tanduay said that it is world class. Tanduay Rhum is very popular here and you can buy at Filipino specialty shops.

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