That One Drink That Screams for the Beach

Look at this South Beach nonsense!
Publish date:
May 28, 2016
summer, wine, beach, That One Drink, Lila Wines, Long Island Iced Tea

Hey party people, and welcome to a very inebriated edition of That One Drink. Last week we talked about those drinks that go down a little too easily. The winner, brought to us by sarah p., was a beverage I've actually never had before, which is surprising, because I've had a lot of drinks, my friends.

There's something about the whole booze mixed with booze mixed with booze vibe of a Long Island Iced Tea that makes me think it's akin to regular iced tea. It's like some of the liquors cancel each other out, and I have issues realizing how much I have actually consumed until I'm wearing a stranger's jacket and have lost my keys in a fountain.

Since I had never had a Long Island before, I went to the cloud to find the required ingredients and ratios. The following is what I settled on:

  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce light rum
  • 1/2 ounce tequila
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur
  • the juice of half a lemon
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup (Most recipes recommended more syrup, but you know me.)
  • 1 ounce cola

All of that was shaken with a bunch of ice and then poured over more ice, and then garnished with a lemon.

Well. This certainly was quite easy to drink, and it inspired me to keep drinking, which is why this article is being written from a fairly inebriated place. It probably would have been even more drinkable with an additional quarter ounce of syrup, but I just don't enjoy that sweet of a beverage. Feel free to adjust to your personal taste, though.

Sarah p. gets a trophy for this infinitely sippable recommendation, and that trophy MUST be Billy Joel, for obvious reasons.

Moving on. (Or should I say "moving out"?)

It's almost beach-going season, and I've been getting a lot of "beach body" press releases, which I do not enjoy, and that has somewhat soured my mood toward any press release with the word "beach" in it. Luckily, Lila Wines perked me right back up with this very beachy delivery. (Also, you guys know how much I loved canned wine. I have so much canned wine in my fridge and I am so happy.)

Just look at this South Beach nonsense. Isn't the packaging delightful? Don't you want to throw these in a beach bag and head to the shore?

Three varietals were provided, and I definitely had a favorite. I'm going to be honest, I was already a little buzzed when I tried them, but I think that actually brings clarity. (Claire-ity?)

Lila Rose

This basically tasted like a lighter version of communion wine, which isn't the worst thing, and could be fairly refreshing in a sweet and fruity way. There's a good bit of grape-y, berry flavor in there.

Lila Pinot Grigio

This was my second favorite, and it had a very floral quality to it, which was followed by notes of buttered popcorn (diacetyl, if you're fancy). Pretty drinkable, overall.

Lila Sauvignon Blanc

Papaya. This one primarily tasted of papaya, and I LOVED it. Who doesn't want alcoholic papaya juice? I will bringing this on many an outdoor summer adventure.

So now you tell me: What's your favorite beachy beverage? (Please don't tell me it's this Pinterest nonsense.)