Cherry Long Island Iced Tea is a seasonally inspired twist on the classic Long Island Iced Tea recipe.
Cheers to “accidental recipes”, darlings! I’m so glad we had leftover cherry cola from a family visit so we could make this Cherry Long Island Iced Tea, because it is one delicious summer cocktail. Long Island iced teas are designed for slow sipping on hot summer evenings.
Here’s how this recipe happened. We don’t typically have soda at home unless we’re entertaining, and then we purchase to suit guest preferences. A few months back, my baby sister and brother in law were in town and since they are soda drinkers, we took them to the store with us. I prefer to buy cane sugar sodas, so told them to pick a few different brands and flavors to try. All were finished over the course of the weekend, except the cherry soda.
Two lonely bottles sat untouched for a while until one hot Virginia evening when I turned to the Godfather and said, “We haven’t had a Long Island in a while, let’s make one.” We cracked open one of the cherry colas, and loved the little extra flavor the cherry added to the drink.
Just the cherry soda alone adds a nice little twist, but if you want a little more cherry, throw in a splash of cherry juice as well. Mix either as a single cocktail or scale up for a pitcher. Be sure to serve over ice and always enjoy responsibly!
Cherry Long Island Iced Tea
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce tequila
- 1 ounce spiced rum
- 1 ounce Grand Marnier (or triple sec)
- cherry cola
- 1 ounce cherry juice optional
Combine the liquors over ice in a mason jar or highball glass. Top with cola.
If you'd prefer to make the drink a little less strong, halve the liquor amounts. It reduces the kick but still leaves the flavor.