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Upgraded Long Island Iced Tea

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The old-school Long Island Iced Tea receives an upgrade with homemade cola syrup, adapted from Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda, but punched up with a little extra spice.

Note: Citric acid can be found at Kalustyans in NYC or online.

If you don't have a cocktail carbonator such as the Perlini, increase the gin, rum, and tequila by 1/4 ounce each. This will compensate for the dilution from the club soda, and adjust for the increased perception of the liquor on the palate caused by carbonation. Shake the spirits in an ice-filled cocktail shaker with cola syrup, citrus, and bitters, then strain into an ice filled Collins glass. Add 3/4 ounce club soda and stir gently, garnish and serve.

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