Once upon a time, it must have occurred to someone that the Long Island Iced Tea was nearly perfect, except for one thing: it wasn’t blue. The Blue Long Island cocktail swaps out the cola from the Long Island Iced Tea for blue Curaçao.
That makes this a delicious and very refreshing cocktail that’s all about the orange and lemon flavors. The recipe calls for sweet and sour mix, at which a lot of people like to turn up their noses. If you’ve only ever had store bought stuff, that’s understandable. But you can make your own sour mix with fresh squeezed lemon juice, and it’s a whole different animal.
Either way you go, this is a very tasty drink. And it’s a double – it’s got four ounces of hard liquor. It’s ideal for sipping along, and in fact it can go very well with a meal. I like it with dishes that have a salty-sweet element – like this Chicken Teriyaki Recipe from Arbuz. This isn’t the heavily glaze teriyaki chicken that you might be used to. It’s lighter, but it’s still very savory, and it makes a wonderful contrast orange and lemon.
If you like this drink, check out the Blue Skies cocktail, which has similar flavors but is much lighter on the alcohol. The Blue Monday cocktail is also similar, and it falls somewhere in between the two in terms of alcohol strength.
Blue Long Island Drink Recipe
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce light rum
- 1 ounce gold tequila
- 1 ounce Blue Curacao liqueur
- 5 ounces sweet and sour mix
Fill a collins glass with ice. Pour in the liquors, and then the sweet and sour. Finally, add the blue curacao. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a straw. And feel free to tinker with the amount of sweet and sour to get it to your taste.
Originally published January 24, 2011