If you hear the words â€śisland drinkâ€ť you may think of a tropical tiki cocktail. But thereâ€™s a line of drinks based off a different type of island that deserves some attention: those that are variations of the Long Island Iced Tea. The Tokyo Iced Tea is one of the better ones, and gets its general structure from the New York version while adding a bit of a Japanese twist. The secret is adding Midori, a muskmelon flavored liqueur thatâ€™s highlighter green and doesnâ€™t look like something you should put in your body. But you shouldâ€”especially for drinks like the Tokyo Iced Tea (the Midori Sour canâ€™t be the only bright green drink out there, after all).
Just because the Tokyo Iced Tea doesnâ€™t get the same level of Applebeeâ€™s love as the Long Island Iced Tea doesnâ€™t mean you should count it out. The throw-it-all-in preparation style is the same, yet the drink itself is lighter and fruitier. Some recipes leave out the lemon, but it benefits from an extra dose of acidity to balance out all the sweetness going on. And itâ€™s not totally without mainstream appeal. Guy Fieri showcased his take on the Tokyo Iced Tea when he made a batched recipe on episode three of the second season of Guyâ€™s Big Bite. Just like Guy, this oneâ€™s a people pleaser thatâ€™ll appeal to the masses.