Electric Iced Tea Cocktail

Electric Iced Tea
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
272 Calories
2g Fat
30g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 272
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 188mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Protein 8g
Calcium 62mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The electric iced tea is a simple variation on the popular Long Island iced tea. It's also a refreshing drink, but there's an eye-catching twist. With its brilliant blue color, you'll find it to be a fantastic addition to any party (especially around the pool or on the patio).

When you want to go from a Long Island to an electric iced tea, you'll have to make two simple changes. The first is to replace the triple sec with the "electrifying" hue of blue curaçao; both are orange liqueurs, so only the color changes. The flavor change comes when the cola is swapped out with a lighter lemon-lime soda

This drink is also sometimes called a Miami Beach iced tea. That should not be confused with the Miami iced tea, which is not blue and features cranberry juice.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Build the vodka, light rum, tequila, gin, blue curacao, sour mix, and lemon-lime soda in that order in a collins glass.

  3. Add ice and stir well.

  4. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • As with any of the iced tea mixed drinks, there's really no need to pour your best liquor. Drink recipes like this are the exception to the "top-shelf is best" rule of the bar.
  • There is so much going on in the electric iced tea that the mix as a whole will mask any less-than-desirable aspects of the liquors you pour. This is a perfect place for your "well" liquors. That said, there are good and inexpensive brands available that are perfect for drinks like this.
  • The point is that this is a drink where you can save some cash. Even though you'll need five bottles of liquor, it actually falls into the category of "cheap" cocktails when you break down the cost of each pour.

How Strong Is an Electric Iced Tea?

While it may look like a strong drink since you're pouring not one or two, but five different liquors into an electric iced tea, it's not the strongest drink in the bar. The total amount of liquor adds up to just 2 1/2 ounces. Alcohol does make up the majority of the drink, but reality sets in when you run the numbers.

With 80-proof spirits and a 30-proof curaçao, the average electric iced tea weighs in at around 21% alcohol by volume (42 proof). The drink can be even milder if more soda is added. To put this number into perspective, this drink is stronger than the rum and Coke but significantly weaker than the Manhattan.