The Texas Tea is really just a Long Island Iced Tea with a shot of bourbon. It's a simple twist on a very 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, it is 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 we use in most cocktail recipes.
Despite the long list of booze, if you treat this one right you'll have a great drink. It's a tasty option for a happy hour or a casual afternoon on the patio. It's also fun to mix up for a few friends, so grab some tall glasses and let's start pouring.
- Pour the spirits and sour mix into a collins glass filled with ice.
- Stir well.
- 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 with the Texas Tea is that it does include whiskey of some sort, but feel free to adjust the recipe to your taste.
Make it a Party Punch
Recipes like this are convenient for parties and easy to increase for any size of a crowd.
All you have to do is increase the volume of each ingredient.
- Mix a Texas Tea base of the liquors and sour mix and store it in the refrigerator.
- When ready to serve, shake your mix a little and pour it over ice in a punch bowl or pitcher.
- Top with cola.
Do be aware that in the world of punch, the Texas Tea is extremely potent. When adapting this recipe, use two or three times more cola than you would for a single drink so your guests aren't caught off guard. It should taste less like liquor and more like the soda. A great tasting punch is tempting and one too many can lead to an embarrassing, drunken party moment.
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 3 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 we were to pour our 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. Also, when compared to the Long Island Iced Tea (which averages 16 percent ABV), that shot of bourbon we add has an impact as well.