City of Long Island Iced Teas

New York, possibly during rush hour, though it might be just any old hour knowing New York, 2008.

New York, possibly during rush hour, though it might be just any old hour knowing New York, 2008.

A Long Island Iced Tea cocktail just seems a fitting match for New York City, it’s heady long list of ingredients an appropriate accompaniment to NYC’s roller coaster of variety:

1/2 msr gold tequila

1/2 msr white rum

1/2 msr gin

1/2 msr vodka

1/2 msr triple sec

1 msr lemon juice

1/2 msr sugar syrup

1 teaspoon egg white

4 msr cold cola

Shake and strain into ice-filled glass, add the cola. Garnish: slice of lemon.

Phew. I’ve not found anywhere in Austin that does a good Long Island Iced Tea, in fact most bars don’t seem to even make it, but in Manhattan bar staff don’t bat an eyelid when you ask for one.

The American writer Gay Talese wrote that “New York is a city of things unnoticed. It is a city with cats sleeping under parked car, two stone armadillos crawling up St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and thousands of ants creeping on top of the Empire State Building.”

And it’s a city where you can get a good Long Island Iced Tea at any bar, on any street, and listen to Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” playing in the background. My kind of America.

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