Tokyo Tea Recipe on Food52

It’s drinks like these that demonstrate the importance of the integrity of your ingredients.

7/31/2021 7:00:00 PM

It’s drinks like these that demonstrate the importance of the integrity of your ingredients.

A cousin of the Long Island Iced Tea, this Tokyo Tea cocktail recipe is a brighter, fresher, summery take on the classic. It's worth seeking out Midori for this one.

Author NotesA confession: I love a Long Island Iced Tea. My earliest (very hazy) memory of the drink is of having five at a lesbian bar in Brooklyn in 2006, but I came to truly love the drink after I started bartending at the lofty neo-speakeasy, PDT, a few years later. At first I thought this drink was banned, plus virtually no one asked me for one. But one night as I was perusing the bar’s literal rolodex of drink recipes, I happened across a recipe, and to my surprise and disturbed delight, the resulting drink was actually quite wonderful.

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Since then I have made a few riffs, including a slushie version made with Dr. Pepper syrup, but this summery riff made with Japanese melon liqueur and Mountain Dew is my favorite. The key thing that unites a “good” Long Island Iced Tea is to recognize that, even though you’re using almost every major white spirit in existence, you’re only using a small amount of each individually, so added up, you’re not drinking that much more than you would in, say, a standard gin and tonic or Manhattan.

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