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Strong Cocktails to Order if You Like Long Island Iced Teas

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The Long Island Iced Tea is one of the most divisive drinks you can order. It’s earned a reputation as more of a dumping ground for every clear spirit and some cola than a true cocktail. But a proper, balanced L.I.I.T. is so much more than that—dare we even say it’s something you should make at home—even if asking the bartender for one usually results in judgment. Lots of judgment. If you’re craving that ultra strong, bright, citrusy flavor of a properly-made Long Island Iced Tea but don’t want the stares (or you’re just looking for something else to make at home), there are other drinks you can order. Tiki drinks loaded with rum and sweet and tart juices are a safe choice, but they’re not the only options. Here are six strong drinks you’ll enjoy if you like Long Island Iced Teas.

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Three types of rum and some absinthe make the Zombie one of the most potent cocktails out there. It’s actually one of the few drinks that actually has more alcohol in it than the L.I.I.T. It’s brightened up with lime juice, sweetened by grenadine and rounded out with some bitters. Don’t be surprised if you see a two-drink limit on this one.

The Essentials

Rum
Absinthe
Falernum
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The Fog Cutter is up there in terms of sheer number of different spirits put in a glass. It contains rum, gin, Cognac and sherry, as well as an orange and lemon juice mix—plus a little cocktail umbrella (this is a tiki drink, after all).

The Essentials

Gin
Cognac
Sherry
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You won’t be able to find this one in a bar, but it’s a classy upgrade that any true Long Island Iced Tea lover should memorize. It’s got the mix of vodka, tequila, gin and curaçao like the original, but swaps cola for cola syrup and adds a touch of saline.

The Essentials

Clear Spirits
Cola Syrup
orange juice
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This does not have a classy name or reputation. Fact. It can be classed up, though. The college house party centerpiece has a history that dates back to the punches of yore. Our take is as balanced as a well-made L.I.I.T. with four parts clear spirit, fruit liqueur, sparkling wine, fruit juice and citrusy soft drink topper.

The Essentials

Clear spirit
Fruit liqueur
White wine
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If you’re hosting a party for a whole horde of L.I.I.T. lovers looking for something new, whip up a batch of Fish House Punch. The mix of dark rum, Cognac and peach brandy is enhanced by black tea, lemon juice and simple syrup.

The Essentials

dark rum
Cognac
peach brandy
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Long Island Iced Teas rock you like a hurricane. So do Hurricanes. Loaded with four ounces of dark rum, some sweet passion fruit syrup, lemon juice and mint, the Hurricane can take you for a ride. Also like the Long Island Iced Tea, it’s often abused with cheap mixes. Our recipe with fresh juice and syrup is fruity, tart and refreshing.

The Essentials

dark rum
Passion fruit syrup
Fresh Lemon juice

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