When I'm not craving mojitos or other hard and fruity cocktails, I find that warm weather makes me thirst for spiked drinks inspired by iced tea. In my college days, I occasionally threw back a Long Island Iced Tea, and though the drink gets a bad rap for being so darn strong, it's also deliciously refreshing.
If you're longing (har har) for a more sophisticated take on the Long Island, I recently discovered a variation called the Long Irish Iced Tea, which uses citrus vodka, a honey-flavored Irish whiskey, and a cognac liqueur called Celtic Crossing. To get the recipe, read more.
1 ounce citrus vodka
1 ounce Celtic Crossing liqueur
1 ounce Gosling's Gold Rum
2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons simple syrup
Splash of cola
Lime wedge, for garnish
Pour all but the last 2 ingredients into a tall, ice-filled glass. Add a splash of cola and garnish with lime.
Makes 1 drink.