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Perfecting your Long Island Ice Tea

One of the great summer drinks is the Long Island Ice Tea. It’s relatively short history dates to the 1970’s, and it is named after the largest island in the continental United States. While there is not a drop of tea in it, its flavor resembles iced tea. That’s what makes is so tasty, and dangerous! Here is the traditional recipe:

In a glass with ice, measure 1 ounce each of gin, rum, vodka, 100% Agave tequila, and triple sec. Add 1 ½ ounces of sweet and sour mix, and just a splash of coke. Stir or shake in a shaker.

In the traditional recipe there are 45 calories per ounce, making a 16 ounce glass a whopping 720 calories! There must be a better way to great summer drinks!

Another recipe has almost 80% fewer calories and one-third the carbs.

In a glass, measure one ounce each, vodka, tequila, rum, gin, and triple sec. Then add one ounce lemon juice freshly squeezed, two ounces diet lemon-lime soda, and two ounces of diet cola. Shake or stir.

I suggest using a diet cola instead of a regular one. You can also try using cranberry juice instead of coke or maybe pineapple juice. If you don’t like the sweet and sour mix, try a little lime cordial.

You may also want to try to lower the alcohol content of the gin, rum, vodka, and tequila. In alcohol, the higher the proof, the more calories.

I am Maria Sanchez of The Maria Sanchez Show, your Ventura County source for great summer drinks, current events, and so much more.  To find out what’s up next on The Maria Sanchez Show, tune in weekdays at 9:00AM (PST).

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