Kocktails with Karly: The Long Island Iced Tea 

“Mommy doesn’t get drunk she just has fun.” – Linda Belcher

Wise, wise words my friend. 

I just finished my Long Island iced tea, and thought “Ya, now is definitely the time to start writing.” Obviously. I keep hinting to Alex that we should now order pizza. He keeps saying no. Pray for me.🙏🏻

Long Island iced teas and I go way back. In college I would frequent a sub shop on the Hill in Boulder for their pitchers of Strong Island Iced Teas, of which there is a one pitcher limit (unless you’re sneaky and irresponsible like hoodrat 21 year old Karly), because they’re as dangerous as they are delicious. My favorite day of my college career was my last day of classes because of the good time that began with two Strong Islands and unruly awesomeness with my dearest friends that ended in an Irish Pub yelling at my music professor (who was performing with his funk band) for not returning my email. Classy. 

I introduced Alex to the wonderful Strong Island and he was in love. He took this photo of me on our first night of enjoying pitchers before the wild time that ensued. Ahhh, pre-marriage/baby Karly was such a wild child.  P.S. I’m never getting bangs again.

So, here we are. Tonight. Drinking long islands and waiting for the GOP debate. If I didn’t have to be a breastfeeding mother tonight would consider a debate drinking game, but I’m old and have my cocktails at 5pm so I’m square by bedtime – who am I!?!?

 This recipe was so easy and straightforward! *let it be noted that the recipe calls for white rum and tequila blanco, but honestly it’s all getting mixed together in a schmorgasbord of alcoholic delight, so don’t feel the need to be that specific. I used repasado tequila and golden rum because that’s what I had on hand.



  • 1oz rum 
  • 1oz tequila 
  • 1oz gin 
  • 1oz vodka 
  • 1/2oz triple sec
  • 2tbsp fresh lemon juice 
  • 1/4 cup Coke 


  • Shake rum, tequila, gin, vodka, triple sec, and lemon juice over ice. Pour over ice into two glasses and add Coke. Garnish accordingly.

I have to say, my friends, it was delish. If I didn’t have any responsibilities tonight, I would definitely make a second drink and blast some jams until my debate date with my gorgeous husband. It’s just about summer time, and I am so pleased to have rediscovered a favorite summer drink. Thank goodness, really. Cheers! 


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