Tokyo Iced Tea
A variant of the Long Island Iced Tea, this version gets its bright green color from melon liqueur. It’s a punchy cocktail that comes together quickly.
You’ve probably eaten a Long Island before, but have you tried a Tokyo Iced Tea?
It has a fun bright green color due to the addition of Midori melon liqueur. It also replaces the traditional cola used in a LIIT with lemon-lime soda.
As you might have guessed, this drink was not invented in Tokyo. The name comes from the inclusion of Midori melon liqueur, which is produced in Tokyo.
It’s definitely an alcoholic cocktail, but pleasant on the tongue because of the fruitiness and sweetness.
- Vodka – Any vodka you prefer will work in this drink.
- Rum – Use light rum to ensure that the end result of this cocktail is green.
- Gin – Any gin you prefer can be used.
- Tequila – I recommend using a tequila blanco.
- triple sec – Generic triple sec works great in this recipe. No need to break out the high end stuff for this cocktail.
- Bittersweet – Use a store-bought sweet and sour mix or make your own using equal parts freshly squeezed lime juice and simple syrup.
- Melon Liqueur – Midori is the most popular melon liqueur. I recommend using it.
- Lime Soda – Sprite or 7-Up. Some people even use Mountain Dew or Mellow Yellow.
- Garnish – Maraschino cherry and/or a lemon or lime wedge.
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Shake or stir?
Shake or stir, that is the question!
Ideally, you want to shake everything but the club soda in a shaker, then pour into a glass of ice and top with club soda.
Realistically, bars don’t shake Long Island type drinks, but rather build them into the glass and mix it all together with a bar spoon.
If you want to serve this drink at a party, you can easily prepare a large batch. Simply add one cup of each liqueur and two cups of sweet and sour mix to a pitcher.
When ready to serve, pour 5 oz of the mixture into each ice-filled cup and top with lemon-lime soda.
1/2 ounce Vodka
1/2 ounce Rum
1/2 ounce Gin
1/2 ounce Tequila
1/2 ounce triple sec
1/2 ounce Melon Liqueur
1 ounce Bittersweet
2oz Lime Soda
Lemon Wheel & Marasquin Cherry (optional trim)
Add each of the liquid ingredients to a pint glass filled with ice.
Stir with a bar spoon, then garnish as desired.