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I have been armchair traveling quite a bit lately and in continuing to do so I just pulled out another recipe. This time a Long Island Ice Tea cocktail. I use to order this drink back in the day when I was much younger and unaware of the impact. An interesting fact is that this cocktail is Long Island’s namesake. Duh! Speaking of Long Island it’s the largest island in the U.S. spanning 118 miles from one end to the other. Sometimes we travel all over the world only to realize that there are exciting places to see right here at our finger tips.

BUT, until I can get there, I think I will take the frugal way out and indulge in this Long Island Iced Tea recipe from my armchair Courtesy of Oso at the Southampton Inn. I must warn you to be careful because if I remember correctly this beverage can be very potent and you’ll soon see why.

Long Island Iced Tea Recipe
Extracted for Women’s World Magazine 8/1/11

1/2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. gin
1/2 oz. tequila
1/2 oz. triple sec
1/2 oz. sour mix
Splash of coca-Cola
Lemon or lime, for garnish

Shake all ingredients except soda in a shaker filled with ice. Pour into 12-oz. highball glass filled with ice; top off with Coca-Cola. Garnish with a lemon or lime. Serves 1. ~Courtesy of Oso at the Southampton Inn

The Skinny on Long Island

In case you are thinking of visiting Long Island, here are a couple of things you should know:

  • Pack: casual wear and cocktail attire
  • Purchase: wine, nautical-themed souvenirs, fruit preserves
  • Average income: $86K
  • Average home price tag: $490K

For more info: Contact the Long Island Convention and Visitor Bureau at 877-386-6654 or visit DiscoverLongIsland.com.

If you are worried about calories, try a couple of these skinny cocktails all under 200 calories.

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<Post inspired by Women’s World 8/1/11

“GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects. (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems”