Long Island iced tea is one of the most famous cocktails in the world, so it comes as no surprise that it has spawned many different variations over the years, such as:
- Long beach iced tea
- Blue long island iced tea
- Miami iced tea
- Hawaiian iced tea
- Texas tea
While all these are great drinks in their own right, one of my personal favorites is the Tokyo tea drink, AKA Tokyo iced tea.
The sweet and sour mix and lemon juice make the Tokyo tea cocktail stand out from all the other drink recipes derived from Long Island iced tea.
What Is Tokyo Iced Tea?
Tokyo iced tea is a strong cocktail that includes no less than six different liquors perfectly blended to produce a strong but smooth-tasting drink.
It has a distinct bright green, almost neon, a color that it gets from its Midori melon liqueur even though the rest of its ingredients are either clear liquors or golden in color.
One of the great things about Tokyo iced tea is that even though it contains a grand total of six different liquors, it does not taste as strong as you would expect.
Somehow, the perfect blend of liquors has a way of canceling each other and the result is a cocktail that goes down as smoothly as you would expect from any Long Island iced tea derivative.
Similar to a blue kamikaze shot, you need to be careful not to drink too much of this Tokyo tea cocktail.
What’s the Difference With Long Island Iced Tea?
If you know your cocktails and liquor well, you will be able to easily notice that the main difference between Tokyo iced tea and Long Island tea is that Tokyo iced tea is green in color while its predecessor is more brownish-gold.
Apart from this obvious distinction, here are two more differences:
Type of soda
Long Island tea is usually topped with cola to give its color, while Tokyo iced tea uses flavorless soda water.
Fresh lime juice
You will never find a sweet and sour mix in a classic Long Island iced tea, which only uses simple syrup and fresh lime juice. Tokyo iced tea, on the other hand, contains a sweet and sour mix, which is just fresh citrus and sugar.
What You Will Need
To make Tokyo iced tea, you will need all the usual cocktail-making equipment that you would normally find in any cocktail bar, namely:
- A Collins cocktail highball glass to serve the drink in. However, you can serve this cocktail in any other type of glass you have
- A cocktail shaker is essential to help you mix all those different liquors
- You will also need great accuracy if you want to make the drink, in the same way, each time, meaning you should have a jigger to measure with
- To help you pour out your Tokyo iced tea as smoothly as possible, use a cocktail strainer
- A citrus juicer is also a great addition if you plan on using fresh citrus
More About Midori
If you are used to making cocktails with triple sec and other common ingredients, and this is your first time hearing of Midori, you may be wondering whether it is worth buying.
Well, Midori is a specialty liquor that will cost you at least about $25 to $30 for a large bottle. That said, it is a great option to have in your cabinet if you are an adventurous mixologist.
Midori has a very sweet and candy-like melon flavor that will add an exciting twist to the regular cocktails you are used to making, especially when combined with a zesty lemon-lime soda.
Besides a Tokyo tea cocktail, you can also use Midori to make Japanese Slippers and Midori Sour cocktails.
Some Great Substitutes
Unless you have a well-stocked liquor cabinet, the long list of liquors needed for making Tokyo iced tea can be daunting.
However, even if you are shot at one or two of the essential ingredients, you can substitute them for something else and still end up with a great-tasting Tokyo iced tea.
One thing you cannot do without, though, is the Midori, otherwise, you may rather just make a Long Island iced tea.
The following are the options you can play around with:
- If you don’t have any vodka you can simply double up on any of the other liquor options
- Use any other type of rum if you do not have any white rum on hand
- You can also leave out the gin and double up on one of the other liquors
- Use Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or orange liqueur in place of triple sec
- Add a splash of cranberry juice for a great ladies’ night out
If you are having your friends over for drinks and you need something special to knock them out of their socks, try this Tokyo iced tea recipe. Ditch the simple syrup of Long Island teas and go for an unforgettable mix of Midori, rum, tequila, triple sec, vodka, gin, and melon liqueur instead!
- ½ oz tequila
- ½ oz gin
- ½ oz vodka
- ½ oz melon liqueur
- ½ oz triple sec
- ½ oz white rum
- 1 splash of club soda or lemon-lime soda
- 1 oz sweet and sour mix
- Maraschino cherry (garnish)
- lemon wheel (garnish)
- Add 1/2 ounce each of tequila, gin, vodka, melon liqueur, triple sec, and white rum to a cocktail shaker already filled with ice cubes. Add your sweet and sour mix and stir.
- Once all the first seven ingredients have mixed well and the cocktail shaker is cool to the touch, top up your Tokyo tea cocktail with a splash of lemon-lime soda or club soda.
- You can now pour your Tokyo tea drink into a highball glass and garnish it with a single maraschino cherry and lemon wheel.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 503Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 3gSugar: 69gProtein: 1g