The Texas tea is really just a Long Island iced tea with a shot of bourbon. It's a simple twist on a popular mixed drink and one that you're sure to enjoy. Better yet, you can make it as a single drink or mix it up for a party. Be warned, though; it's easy to make it a little too strong if you're not careful.
As with most variations on the Long Island, you're going to pour a lot of liquor into the Texas tea. In total, you'll pick up six bottles, which is practically the entire "well" of the bar going into a single glass. This is why the recipe calls for just 1/2-ounce of each rather than the full 1 1/2 ounce shot used in most cocktail recipes.
Pour the spirits and sour mix into a collins glass filled with ice.
Top it off with cola.
Garnish with the lemon wedge.
There are many variations on this recipe floating around in bars. Some bartenders will skip the gin, and others use another style of whiskey. The point is that it should include whiskey of some sort, but feel free to adjust the recipe to your taste.
How Strong Is the Texas Tea?
The liquor list for the Texas tea is long, but if you follow the recipe you're only pouring a total of three ounces. This is important to keep in mind.
If you over-pour, the drink can get out of hand very quickly and it will be too strong. Before you know it, you'll be drunker than expected and have one nasty hangover in the morning. It happens all the time with the Long Island family of drinks, so here's a little comparison to put it into perspective.
If you pour the Texas tea with 80-proof liquors, a 60-proof triple sec, and 2 ounces of cola, the drink would have an alcohol content of approximately:
- 1/2-ounce pour of each liquor: 20 percent ABV (40 proof)
- 1-ounce pour of each liquor: 27 percent ABV (54 proof)
You can see the difference that an extra 1/2-ounce can make. When compared to the Long Island iced tea (which averages 16 percent ABV), that shot of bourbon we add has an impact as well.