Ah, the Long Island Iced Tea. Behind its innocent sounding name, this drink carries a notoriously dangerous rep. Mention it in a group of friends, and you’re sure to hear multiple stories of “that night.” (Come to think of it, now you’re starting to remember your own “that night,” aren’t you?) Its combination of 4 or 5 liquors can take you from dancing with friends to dancing on tables without you even knowing it.
The summer’s flying by, so this week we’re throwing caution to the wind and going for it. We suggest you do the same. You’ll need:
½ oz. triple sec
½ oz. light rum
½ oz. gin
½ oz. vodka
½ oz. tequila
1 oz. sour mix
Cola to taste
Lemon wedge for garnish
Pour spirits and sour mix into shaker with ice. Shake. Pour. Top of with Cola. Enjoy. But keep those dancing feet on the floor this time.
You probably didn’t realize but you can make booze out of anything, as long as it has sugar. At Kings County Distillery co-founder Colin Spoelman decided that he wanted to turn his longtime favorite soda Coca-Cola into a whiskey unlike any other, putting a whole new meaning behind a whiskey and Coke.
Kings County Distiller, the oldest operating whiskey distillery in New York, sits in the Paymaster’s building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The distillery has made a name for themselves since they opened in 2010, producing whiskey and moonshine as well as writing a book called “Guide to Urban Moonshining”. The guys at Kings County are clearly not afraid of pushing boundaries and their newest project is further evidence of that.
So how did they do it? Using the actual syrup from Coke, the guys at Kings County got rid of the rye and barley for this batch of whiskey. A mixture of Coke syrup and yeast was left to sit for four days before they ran it through the still. Next they brought the whiskey up to a boil to gather up the booze and get rid of the unnecessary water. The whiskey is then twice distilled to get their final product: a clear Coca-Cola flavored moonshine (unaged whiskey) around 140 proof.
The whiskey has an aftertaste with a distinctive Coca-Cola flavor and as a mixer it is the perfect companion to Coke. We need to get our hands on one of these bottles of whiskey ASAP. It isn’t available to purchase yet with all the FDA hurdles but we can hope. We vote they tackle ginger ale next for the ultimate whiskey ginger.
What drink would you turn into booze?
We can handle a Jack and Coke, or a Rum and Coke. But one French winemaker is doing the unthinkable and adding Coca-Cola to red wine. Say it isn’t so.
Rouge Sucette (French for “red lollipop”) was introduced this week in France. The wine-cola hybrid is made from 75% grapes and 25% cola flavoring. At 9% ABV, the wine is best served chilled according to the brand. In our house, sangria is the only red wine allowed in the fridge. Rouge Sucette is currently retailing for €2.95 aka $3.80 a bottle in the U.S. But don’t get your hopes up; the price is bound to be jacked up when it makes it way over here.
Shockingly enough, Rouge Sucette isn’t the first to think of this combo. Although it was recently invented, the Kalimotxo cocktail is quickly becoming a favorite in the Basque region of France and Spain. It’s a mix of red wine and cola and makes an appearance in most bars in the region. Why? We just can’t figure that one out.
We know this outrages all you wine buffs. We’ll take our wine straight and our cola with whiskey, thank you.
Would you drink Rouge Sucette?