It’s Time To Get LIIT | Dishticle
The legendary mix of Vodka, Gin, Light Rum, Tequila, Triple Sec, and Cola has been one of our favourite cocktails. A well-prepared one doesn’t even taste of the enormously efficient amounts of alcohol it contains. This is a drink one can’t quite go wrong, especially if you want one of those buzzing nights ahead.
Invented in Long Island, New York, the Long Island Iced Tea was named for its color resembling the far less dangerous ice tea. Although usually prepared using equal parts of the five spirits with lime and cola, variations exist, and we’re not complaining!
Apart from the classic L.I.I.T at Café Zoe, Hard Rock Café, and Woodside Inn, these are the versions we love:
Social, across the city
Social popularized L.I.I.T by serving it in quirky, plastic mixing cylinders of 500ml and 1L. They offer three versions of the drink, along with the classic. The Electric has Blue Curacao & Red Bull, and this combination is slightly bitter. The Toxic has Apple & Cranberry Juice, making it the sweetest of the lot – but strong enough to leave you tipsy. Bob’s Bong is served in a colorful bong, and has Passion Fruit, Apple, Grape, and Cranberry Juice.
Quick tip: Social has great bar food to pair these drinks with. Try the Death Wings, or Poutine.
Summer House Café, Lower Parel
New kid on the block, Summer House Café is a Delhi-import and has its own twist to the L.I.I.T. The Summer House L.I.I.T has Lychee Soda, which hits all the right sweet notes we’ve ever wanted. Served in a glass or a pitcher, it’s the perfect drink for a hot summer day. Other drinks worth trying at the Summer House include Hystrix, a vodka-based cocktail with Kaffir Lime.
Quick tip: The Non-veg Platter is a must-have, as are the Cheesy Nachos!
SamBar Pub & Kitchen, Khar
This bar serves unconventional South Indian food along with staples like Chettinad Idli, Chicken Ghee Roast, and Kori Rotti. Classic L.I.I.T aside, they have interesting South-inspired ones. There’s Chill Madi with Kokum instead of Triple Sec, adding a pleasantly sour twist to the original. Talli Imli has Whiskey and Imli, guaranteeing a lip-smacking, sour high. Our favourite has to be the Rajini L.I.I.T, finished with spicy-sweet Jägermeister. This one isn’t for the faint-hearted.
Quick tip: Try their Meen Kolichuttu (seasoned fish steamed in banana leaf), and Capi Madras (vodka, coffee liqueur, and cardamom)
A Jamaican-themed Bar from Delhi is a four-level gig-venue in the same building as Khar Social. Raasta serves three types of L.I.I.T, the smoothest being Purple Haze, which has Peach Syrup, Cranberry Juice, and Guava Juice. It has the right degree of sweet, without being too strong. The Electric Iced Tea is potent, with whiskey added to it. Another Bongtail that’s supposed to be a take on the classic is the fruity Hawaiian Skunk, which has Passion Fruit Syrup, and Apple & Orange Juice.
Quick tip: Make sure you reserve a table if you’re planning to visit on a weekend!
Salt Water Café, Bandra Reclamation
A local favourite to catch up with friends or just have some European favourites, Salt Water serves L.I.I.T, in case you didn’t know. They also have a Beach Ice Tea that has Cranberry Juice instead of Cola, making it a refreshing drink (especially during the day).
Quick tip: Go for their Fish & Chips Burger or Spanish Omelette.
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