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 gin adds mere hints of herbal notes and the agave flavor of the tequila barely comes through.
The Blue Long Island cocktail is a very refreshing drink, but one that can easily knock you off your feet. The alcohol taste is more noticeable than in the normal Long Island Iced Tea, and yet it manages to sneak up on one.
The recipe calls for sweet and sour, at which a lot of people like to turn up their noses. And if you’ve never had good bottled sour mix, that attitude is understandable.
Or you can make your own sweet and sour with fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and it’s a whole different animal. It has a nice fresh taste, and you can make it just as sweet or tart as you want.
It just involves buying some fruit and doing some cooking, but it’s really quick and easy to make. Making your own mixers can be surprisingly fun and rewarding.
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 with 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.