A Long Island Iced Tea is a highball made with, among other ingredients, vodka, gin, tequila, and rum. A popular version mixes equal parts vodka, gin, tequila, rum and triple sec with 1 1/2 parts sour mix and a splash of cola. Most variants use equal parts of the main liquors but include a smaller amount of triple sec (or other orange-flavored liquor). Close variants often replace the sour mix with sweet and sour mix or with lemon juice, the cola with actual iced tea, or add white creme de menthe; however, most variants do not include any tea, despite the name of the drink. Some restaurants substitute brandy for the tequila.
The drink has a much higher alcohol concentration (~28%) than most highballs because of the proportionally small amount of mixer. Long islands can be ordered "extra long" which signals the bartender to even further increase the alcohol to mixer ratio.
Outside of the United States, this highball is often altered, due to the unpopularity of sour mix. Long Island Iced Tea served outside the States is often made of liquors and cola alone (without sour mix), with lemon or lime juice, orange juice or with lime cordial.
In the UK Angostura bitters replaces sour mix in the cocktail.
Now that we've got that out of the way, here's a story.
We were partying over @ Bedspace @ Greenbelt 3 when the bigwigs decided to do the right thing and go open bar. So ayun na, masaya na ang lahat ng empleyado. Pero like all things the devil offer, there's always a catch. Theres always strings attached. And for this open bar, it was only limited to two drinks.
Long Island Ice Tea and Screwdriver.
So ayun na, drinking and dancing galore. When they handed me the Long Island ice tea, I took a sip and I knew that it tasted funky. Not funky in a good way, but more like funky, funky. Like there was something wrong. Like you know the feeling kapag alam mong flop yung pinapanuod mong movie at na-goyo ka lang dahil sa poster. Ganung funky.
So, i took a break and smoked outside. Together with a few officemates, we talked and swapped stories.
Out comes our director, Sir Ed, with his drink in hand.
He took a sip in our midst and after one solid gulp, he blurted out " LASANG PUTEK" sabay PWE.
And I really had to agree. Indeed, lasang putek nga ang long island ice tea ng Bedspace. Pero just to clarify, I'm not dissing the bar, I actually like the whole ambiance. It was probably just a bad batch. But, should I ever go near Bedspace again, I will never order that drink.