Lake George Iced Tea: Your Weekend Tiki Bar Cocktail!

Lake George Iced Tea Cocktail
Lake George Iced Tea Cocktail

In honor of Ohana: Luau at the Lake, currently swinging this weekend at the Tiki Resort on Lake George, NY, I thought it would be fun to feature something from the area. And bingo…maybe not so Tiki, but certainly welcome on any Tiki bar in upstate New Yawk,

Lake George Iced Tea

I couldn’t find any info on where this drink was first served or why it’s called the Lake George, so I’ll make something up.

Let’s pretend it was first mixed at The Sagamore Hotel on a hot July afternoon, when the bartender was asked to make something regional for a group of tourists from Millville, NJ. The bartender, not too smart but very good with mixing things, had just made a Long Island Iced Tea and used the last of his sour mix. Thinking fast (and being lazy), he came up with the Lake George Iced Tea, and used pineapple juice in place of the sour mix. Bingo. Works for me.

Here’s the recipe:

1/2 oz tequila
1/2 oz white rum
1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz triple sec
1 oz pineapple juice

The Sagamore Hotel, Lake George
The Sagamore Hotel, Lake George

Throw everything (except the soda, of course) into a shaker with ice and shake until the outside of the shaker is nice and frosty. Strain into a highball glass filled with cubes, and add Coca-Cola until full. Give it a quick stir and garnish with a lemon wheel.

Luau at the Lake

As most of you know, the second giant Tiki Party of the year is taking place right now on the Lake. Lots of kool bands, vendors, and cocktails are flying around The Tiki Resort, a fab 50s Tiki motel right off the main drag in Lake George Village. In fact most of the town (last time I was there) is sort of stuck in the 50s with modernization in between the fun old stuff, including mini golf, ice cream parlors, a wax museum and lots of souvenir shops.

Tiki Resort, Lake George
Tiki Resort, Lake George

To all you swingin’ kats and kittens who made it up there this year, I hope you have a really great time! I was hoping to get there myself but it got scheduled way to close to The Hukilau to be able to do both. Maybe for 2012 the kats that run Ohana can coordinate with The Hukilau and Tiki Oasis to make things a little easier for us Tiki kids to hit them all!

-Tiki Chris reporting from behind the bar at Tiki Lounge Talk, the swingin’ blog for Tiki and Retro Culture Lovers

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