Electric Iced Tea Recipe: A Popular Blue Cocktail

Electric Iced Tea
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  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
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The electric iced tea is a simple variation on the popular Long Island iced tea. This is a terrific and refreshing drink with a nice, simple twist. It's a fantastic addition to any party and most of us can admit that there is something special about a brilliant blue cocktail.

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 curacao. Both are orange liqueurs, so only the color changes. The flavor change actually comes when the cola is swapped out with a lighter lemon-lime soda. 

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

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Build the vodka, light rum, tequila, gin, blue curacao, sour mix, and lemon-lime soda in a collins glass.
  2. Stir well. Add ice if desired.

Pour the Liquor (but Hold the Good Stuff)

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" vodka, gin, tequila, and rum. 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 the Electric Iced Tea?

While it may look like a strong drink as you pour 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 curacao, the average electric iced tea weighs in at around 21 percent alcohol by volume (42 proof). That is with about 1-ounce of soda and the drink can be even milder if more soda is added.

To put this number into perspective, this drink is stronger than the rum & Coke but significantly weaker than the Manhattan.