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This bright red and refreshing Long Beach iced tea is the perfect cocktail to serve during spring and summer time. This cocktail is a little sneaky because it’s chock full of alcohol, but you can’t really taste it.
🥃 What is a Long Beach Iced Tea?
This Long Beach iced tea is a combination of equal parts tequila, gin, white rum, vodka, Cointreau and a little bit of sour mix topped with cranberry juice. This pretty red cocktail basically tastes like tart and refreshing cranberries as the liquor taste is completely smoothed out.
This cocktail is in a family of “tea” drinks where you combine five clear liquors with sour mix and then varying types of sodas or juices. You might be most familiar with the Long Island iced tea which is topped with Coke.
Even though this one has a handful of different ingredients, it’s still relatively easy to make. But thing that will take the longest time is simply measuring everything out. But, there’s no elaborate layering or glass rimming needed.
Here a few reasons you’re sure to love this cocktail:
- Brightly colored. This pretty red cocktail has a bright, beautiful color which makes it a great centerpiece cocktail to serve at a variety of different events.
- Refreshing sipper. This cocktail is sweet and refreshing which makes it perfect to serve for hot summer days or warm spring celebrations.
- Customizable. If you want to cut down on some of the liquor content in this one you can. Simply decrease the amount of liquor you add in and increase the cranberry juice.
⭐ When to Make This Drink
Stir this drink up for many different occasions including:
- Days at the pool
- Gall or winter get togethers
- Holiday celebrations
Check out these ingredient substitutions and slight variations of this cocktail to try out below:
- Use sweet and sour mix. We like to use simple syrup and lemon juice. However, you can use store-bought sweet and sour mix instead.
- Double up on the liquor. We like to keep it a little low on the alcohol content. However, if you want to ramp the alcohol up in this one you can simply add .75 oz of each.
- Use a different orange liqueur. Substitute triple sec or Grand Marnier for the Cointreau.
- Make it a Tokyo tea. Add in Midori instead of cranberry juice for Tokyo tea.
- .5 oz Tequila
- .5 Vodka
- .5 oz White rum
- .5 oz Cointreau
- .5 oz Gin
- 1 oz Lemon juice
- .75 Simple syrup
- Top with cranberry juice
Snatch up everything you need to make this drink including Cointreau, tequila, vodka, gin, ice, rum, lemon juice, simple syrup, cranberry juice, jigger and bar spoon.
Note: We will be building this drink in the glass. However, you can also shake this one up in the shaker. If you choose that route, add ice to the shaker and then add all the ingredients straight to the shaker, shake well and then pour into the glass.
Grab enough ice to fill the highball glass all the way up to the top.
Take the cointreau and measure 0.5 oz with a jigger. Then add it to the glass.
Take the tequila and measure .5 oz with a jigger. Then, add it to the glass.
Take the vodka and measure 0.5 oz with a jigger. Then, add it to the glass.
Take the gin and measure 0.5 oz with a jigger. Then, add it to the glass.
Take the rum measure 0.5 oz with a jigger. Then, add it to the glass.
Take the lemon juice and measure 1 oz with a jigger. Then, add it to the glass.
Take a simple syrup and measure 0.75 oz with a jigger. Then, add it to the glass.
Take the cranberry juice and pour it directly into the glass to top it off.
Grab the bar spoon and stick it into the glass. Then, stir everything well to mix the ingredients together.
Long Beach Iced Tea
- bar spoon
- cocktail shaker optional
- highball glass
- .5 oz Tequila
- .5 oz Vodka
- .5 oz White Rum
- .5 oz Cointreau
- .5 oz Gin
- 1 oz Lemon Juice
- .75 oz Simple Syrup
- top with Cranberry juice 2 – 3 oz
- Fill up the highball glass almost to the top with ice.
- Grab the tequila and use the jigger to measure out .5 oz. Dump the tequila into the glass. vodka, white rum, contrieau, gin; 1 oz lemon juice; .75 simple syrup; top with cranberry juice
- Grab the white rum and use the jigger to measure out .5 oz. Dump the white rum into the glass.
- Grab the vodka and use the jigger to measure out .5 oz. Dump the vodka into the glass.
- Grab the cointreau and use the jigger to measure out .5 oz. Dump the cointreau into the glass.
- Grab the gin and use the jigger to measure out .5 oz. Dump the gin into the glass.
- Grab the lemon juice and use the jigger to measure out 1 oz. Dump the lemon juice into the glass.
- Grab the simple syrup and use the jigger to measure out .75 oz. Dump the simple syrup into the glass.
- Grab the cranberry juice and pour it directly into the glass to top it off. It should be about 2 – 3 oz.
- There are two methods you can use to mix up the drink:1) Stick the bar spoon in the glass and stir.2) Gently toss the drink into the shaker and then back into the glass.