This is a stealth cocktail. It doesn’t taste nearly as strong as it is, so it can sneak up on you before you realize what’s happening.
Like the Long Island Iced Tea, this is not a drink for the faint-hearted. It’s got three and a half ounces of straight alcohol in it, but the fruity mixers disguise that flavor.
A standard drink has one and a half ounces of liquor in it, so this one is more than twice the strength of a standard drink. Think of it as a double.
This is not a drink for serving to guests who tend to get out of hand even with standard cocktails. Even when you drink it with a meal, it tends to sneak up on you.
Think of it more as a drink for sipping along on a long, slow afternoon. It’s great for enjoying on a hot day on the patio or by the pool.
The main flavor in this drink comes from the triple sec, cranberry juice and lemon juice. That gives it cranberry and citrus notes, which are easy to love.
Those fruity flavors are what you will taste the most, but they’re not all the drink has to offer.
You’ll also pick up some herbal and citrus notes from the gin. Different bottles of gin can vary in taste. A good choice for this one would be Bombay Sapphire. Its easygoing flavor works well in cocktails generally.
You’ll also notice some caramel notes from the rum you choose. You don’t need to use an exotic bottle of handcrafted rum for this. Bacardi will work beautifully.
Tequila has a distinctive flavor of its own, and it also varies from one bottle to the next. The recipe doesn’t specify any particular kind of tequila.
Olmeca Altos Tequila Plata is a nice choice that plays well with the other ingredients in most any cocktail.
This recipe calls for seasonal fruit for the garnish. Some good choices would include cranberries or a slice of orange.
But you can also use lime and mint. Or lemon. Or even some other type of berry like raspberry.
The fruit won’t add overpowering flavor, especially when it’s up against cranberry juice and triple sec. You may want to think of the garnish more as something to eat along with the drink.
So choose fruits that are fun and tasty to eat. The texture of cranberries or raspberries make for a nice bite.
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce tequila
- 1/2 ounce triple sec
- 1/2 ounce white rum
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- Fill with cranberry juice
- Put everything but the cranberry juice into a shaker half filled with ice.
- Shake well until chilled.
- Pour the mixture - ice and all - into a tall glass.
- Fill it the rest of the way with cranberry juice.
- Garnish with seasonal fruit.