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Its Time to Get High! Learn How to Make the Tokyo Iced Tea Cocktail

How to Make the Tokyo Iced Tea Cocktail
Long Island iced tea is one of the most popular cocktails. Many variations of this cocktail are available. Tokyo iced tea is one such variation. Tastessence gives you stepwise instructions on how to make Tokyo iced tea followed by variations on how to take this classic iced tea cocktail to a new level.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2018
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Long Island Iced Tea
The Long Island iced tea is a cocktail that tastes and looks like regular iced tea, yet it comes with all the boozy goodness you need after a rough day. It was invented in the 1970s at Oak Beach Inn on Long Island. It is made with rum, tequila, vodka, triple sec, sweet-sour mix (a syrup containing lime or lemon or both), and coke.
Tokyo iced tea is a slightly sweeter version of the Long Island iced tea, which contains lemon soda instead of coke and the Japanese liqueur, Midori. Midori is a bright green-colored liqueur and has a muskmelon flavor that was produced almost exclusively in Japan till the 1980s. It gives this drink a sweet and fruity punch, but don't let its innocent appearance fool you as it packs quite a kick. The triple sec or cointreau gives this drink a citrus note, while the lemon soda adds another citrus hint as well as provides fizz to it.
TOKYO ICED TEA RECIPE: The Hulk of Cocktails
Tokyo Iced Tea
Preparation Time: 7 minutes
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Vodka, 1 oz.
  • Gin, 1 oz.
  • White rum, 1 oz.
  • Tequila, 1 oz.
  • Triple sec (or cointreau), 1 oz.
  • Midori (or any melon liqueur), 2 oz.
  • Lemon soda (preferably 7 Up), ΒΌ oz.
  • Lime wedges (for garnish), 2
Everything Else That You'll Need
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Lots of ice
  • Highball glass (or any tall glass)
Method
  1. Combine all the ingredients except the lemon soda and lime in a shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake 3 - 4 times. (Remember: Large amount of alcohol will melt the ice faster. So, the longer you perform this step, the more watered down your drink will be.)
  3. Strain the drink into a highball glass containing fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with a wedge of lime.
(Note: You can adjust the amount of Midori depending upon how strong you would want your drink to be. Also, the amount of Midori will determine how sweet you want your drink to be.)
VARIATIONS
With Kiwi Liqueur
One variation is by substituting Midori with 2 oz. of Kiwi liqueur. Kiwi liqueur is a bright green-colored liquid, and its flavor is a combination of kiwi and melon with a tangy, lemony hint that adds a new dimension to your drink.
With Sake
Sake
One variation can be done by substituting tequila with the traditional Japanese alcohol, sake. Sake is a clear liquid with a slightly sweet taste and a flavor that's slightly similar to that of beer. It can give your drink more of a Japanese touch.
This drink can be a real crowd-pleaser due to its vibrant appearance, but mind you, this will get you tipsy way too soon! So, serve it to your gal pals and let the secrets spill out; it's going to be one night you want to remember!