Long Island Iced Tea
Long Island Iced Tea
- ¼ Cup of Vodka
- ¼ Cup of Tequila
- ¼ Cup of Rum (Dark Preferred)
- ¼ Cup of Gin
- ¼ Cup of Sweet and Sour Mix
- ¼- ½ Cup Orange Juice Depending on Taste
- Lime Wedges to garnish
Place ice in a pitcher. Pour in alcohol, sweet and sour mix, and orange juice. Stir together. Fill the rest of the pitcher with cola. To serve, place ice in tall glasses and pour in the cocktail mixture. Garnish with lime wedges. Enjoy! *If you do not have Sweet and Sour Mix, you can make your own! See the recipe below. This recipe makes about 4 cups.
Sweet and Sour Mix
- 1 ½ Cups Sugar
- 1 ½ Cups Water
- 1 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 Cup Fresh Lime Juice
In a small saucepan combine sugar and water. Heat on a medium heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil, and then place to one side to cool. Add lemon and lime juice and stir. Chill until ready for use.
- 4 Cups of Good Bourbon + ½ Cup for Extract
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Sugar
- Lots of Mint Leaves– Washed (About 3 Big Handfuls)
- Powdered Sugar for Garnish
- Extra Mint Leaves for Garnish
To make this Southern Summer favorite, take about 2 big handfuls of Mint Leaves and place them in a bowl. Pour about ½ cup of good bourbon over the mint and leave for 15 minutes. Remove the leaves and strain over the bowl, so the excess bourbon goes back in the bowl. Return the mint to the bowl. Repeat this process four or five times, or as many as desired to create your mint extract. Make the simple syrup by mixing one cup of water with one cup of sugar in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a high enough heat to melt the sugar. Place to one side. Add the remainder of the mint to the simple syrup mixture and leave until infused and cooled. You may leave this overnight if desired. Remove mint leaves before serving. In a pitcher, add the simple syrup and 4 cups of bourbon and mix together. Next, add the mint extract you made one tablespoon at a time. Taste after each tablespoon is added, so you know how much you need. Generally three tablespoons should do it, but add as much or as little as necessary to give the desired mint flavor. Refrigerate the mixture. Overnight will allow the flavors to mix together better, but if you are short on time refrigerate for at least an hour or until cold. To serve, fill individual glasses with lots of ice, crushed or shaved is particularly nice. Pour alcoholic mixture over the ice and garnish with powdered sugar and mint. Top up with seltzer if so desired. Enjoy!
Your Dose: (How the drugs make you feel as described by real people)
Your Dose: (How the drugs make you feel as described by real people)
|“If you want to understand a society, take a good look at the drugs it uses. And what can this tell you about American culture? Well, look at the drugs we use. Except for pharmaceutical poison, there are essentially only two drugs that Western Civilization tolerates. Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.” — Bill Hicks.||“[Alcohol] tempts him to blurt out stories, better never told.” — William Shakespeare”I think the warning labels on alcoholic beverages are too bland. They should be more vivid. Here is one I would suggest: “Alcohol will turn you into the same asshole your father was.” – George Carlin.|
You might feel…Pleasure/euphoria, less sensitive to pain, impaired brain function, lowered inhibitions, confident, increased sociability, slurred speech, blocked emotions of shame and guilt, relaxed, lowered stress, blurred vision, balance and reflexes slowed, actions are out of character, aggressive, emotional. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant which slows down and affects your body in all kinds of ways. Boozing as a teenager can do permanent damage to your body’s development. Ironically, alcohol is legal if you are over the age of 21, but this doesn’t mean it’s any less powerful than other drugs. More young people are killed by alcohol than by all other illegal drugs combined. The effects of drinking are directly related to the amount consumed. However, your reaction to alcohol will be impacted by a variety of factors; your age, gender, weight, fitness level, how much food you ate before drinking, how quickly you drank, and your family history amongst other things. Binge drinking is classified as having five or more drinks at one time, and is associated with increased health problems and accidents.
- One drink equals a 12 oz. can of beer, a 5 oz. glass of wine, or a 1 oz. shot of liquor
If you drink a small amount of alcohol you may feel more relaxed, but low doses also weaken concentration and coordination, slow your reflexes and reaction times, and can even loosen your lips. If you carry on drinking you are likely to experience slurred speech, drowsiness, loss of balance and motor skills, poor judgment, and a change in your emotions. At this stage you are much more likely to take risks you wouldn’t normally take, like having unprotected sex, which we all know can lead to STDs and/or unwanted pregnancy. Embarrassing things may also happen to you; you might do or say something you regret, or you might pee yourself. Still drinking more? If you get really drunk expect to feel out of control and you may either vomit or pass out. In heavy doses you are also at risk of going into a coma, or experiencing difficulty breathing. If you get so wasted you poison yourself (alcohol poisoning), you are likely to experience violent vomiting, extreme sleepiness, unconsciousness, seizures, or death. Some people dramatically act out of character when they get drunk. People can become more aggressive and partake in violent crimes or domestic violence. It’s impossible to know what kind of drunk you are going to be, but people who act like this really shouldn’t drink. In addition, alcoholics, children, pregnant women, people on certain medicines, and people with some medical conditions should also abstain from the bottle. Alcohol may make you sleepy, but it affects the kind of sleep you have. Alcohol suppresses REM or dreaming sleep, which is associated with memory retention, lower stress, and all sorts of health benefits. The next morning you are likely to have a hangover. The short term effects of alcohol can last a day or two depending on how much you drank. There are two types of hangovers: for the serious drinkers, there is withdraw; you may experience tremors, irritability, anxiety, pain and possibly hallucinations or seizures. Then there is the garden variety hangover, consisting of splitting headaches, sickness, and dehydration. You may feel unwell until your BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) level drops, usually within 24 hours. Sometimes a hangover of this type is due to the additional chemicals found in alcohol, produced during fermentation or distillation. Regardless, it’s unpleasant, and you may be unable to get out of bed until the feelings subside. Drinking holds a lot of risks; the more you drink the higher your risks. Overtime drinking destroys your body and your looks. There are a lot of calories in alcohol too; they don’t call them beer bellies for nothing. Alcohol causes at least seven types of cancer, and it is not just heavy drinkers that are susceptible. Very small amounts of alcohol also increase the risk. Drinking and smoking simultaneously catapults your risk even further. A drink may be too wet without a cigarette, but research suggests that alcohol makes it easier for the mouth and throat to absorb the cancer causing chemicals in tobacco, making the danger greater than smoking or drinking on its own. Chronic alcohol use causes all sorts of trouble; sustained abuse is likely to make you miss work or become unemployed, and can lead to problems at home, and in your relationships. Other problems associated with chronic use include:
- damage to the frontal lobes of the brain
- an overall reduction in brain size
- a variety of neurological problems
- increased size of the ventricles
- increased blood pressure
- liver disease
Death is also a serious consequence of drinking too much. Alcohol consumption is responsible for at least 1,400 college student deaths, and 500,000 international injuries a year. Because of its depressive effect on the respiratory center, alcohol death usually results from respiratory failure. Alcohol is toxic, and what is considered a normal amount to party with is not much different than the amount that can kill you. Luckily, our body usually helps regulate this by forcing us to either pass out or vomit before we die. Just try not to pull a Jimi Hendrix and do both at the same time. Chronic use is also associated with a few vitamin deficiency syndromes. Alcoholics have a hard time absorbing vitamin B-1 (thiamine), resulting in a problem called “Wernicke’s Encephalopathy” in which memory is impaired, and the person may frequently be confused or experience a lack of coordination. Another complication of thiamine deficiency is called “Korsakoff’s Syndrome,” in which the sufferer experiences amnesia, and disorientation. Both syndromes tend to lead to further brain disease. Drinking and driving just isn’t worth it. It can be tough if you live in places without good public transportation, but there is always another option. Getting a taxi is a hell of a lot cheaper than getting a DUI. If you still live with your parents, you may feel guilty about calling them and saying you need a ride, or need to spend the night at the party. But what’s worse, the guilt of admitting you have been drinking, or the guilt of killing someone with your vehicle? Besides, no matter what consequences your parents might give you, you’re decision to not drink and drive will show them two attributes that they can be proud of; maturity and responsibility. Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. In 2011, every fifty-three minutes someone was killed in a drink driving accident, and every ninety seconds someone was injured. For those who died in an alcohol related crash in 2011, the highest percentage of fatalities was for drivers age 21-24. In all of the U.S., including D.C and Puerto Rico, driving with a BAC of .08 or higher is illegal for those 21 and over. If you are under 21, there is a zero tolerance policy, and driving with any amount of alcohol in your system will get you a DUI. The penalties are much steeper if you’re underage; more jail time, higher fines, longer license suspension, oh, and now your parents will be really pissed off. No matter how old you are, getting pulled over after drinking will most likely cost you your license, your job, and increase your insurance. The average cost of a DUI across America is $10,000, but this amount can be staggeringly more expensive depending on where you live. There are court costs, fines, attorney’s fees, bail, traffic school, possible IID (Ignition Interlock Device) purchase, and plenty more costs to face. Not to mention, there is a minimum of three years’ probation, and without a license you may have to pay a lot more to get around every day. With a DUI you will face jail time or community service too, so you will probably have to take time off work, and possibly loose wages. Taxi’s looking pretty cheap, right? After you get a DUI, many car rental agencies won’t allow you to rent a car, you may be unable to get life insurance, health insurance companies will probably start charging you a premium, and you may be unable to travel to different countries, including Canada. DUIs permanently remain on your criminal record, and it’s possible that landlords or future employers will discriminate against you if they do a background check. There are no standard DUI cases. What happened to a friend of yours may not be what happens to you. The laws and penalties vary from state to state, and the seriousness of your case will influence how your DUI is handled. DUIs are not just given for alcohol. Any substance that alters your brain and nervous system or impairs your judgment can land you with a DUI. This includes illegal drugs like Marijuana, but also legal ones like prescription painkillers. There are some myths about how to beat a DUI. You may have heard that sucking on a coin, using mouthwash, having a cup of coffee, or eating a big meal will help, but none of these remedies lower your BAC. Time is the only factor that will help. Sobering up requires allowing your body to process the alcohol in your system, averaging one drink per hour. Of course, things like your gender and weight will play into the amount of time you will need to wait. If you are not driving you can still get a DUI, so be careful! If you are sitting parked in your car with a .08 or higher BAC, you can be arrested. Many people have been arrested without ever leaving their parking space. Women should be warned that any amount of alcohol while pregnant can cause permanent brain damage or other birth defects. When you drink alcohol, so does your baby. The alcohol flows freely through the placenta to the fetus, and you increase the risk that your baby will be born with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Every year 40,000 babies are born with a FASD in the US. Because of their size, alcohol remains in a baby’s system much longer than in the mother’s, and leads to irreversible damage to the baby’s development. Timing is important; alcohol use during the first three months of pregnancy appears to be the most harmful, but drinking at any stage of pregnancy is dangerous. Just one glass of wine during the third trimester greatly increases the chance that the baby will be born with a low birth weight, an issue that can lead to behavioral and developmental problems throughout life. Drinking alcohol while pregnant can result in miscarriage or stillbirth, premature delivery, abnormal heart structure, behavior and intellectual problems, and infant death. Regular drinking and binge drinking can cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Symptoms include: poor growth during and after birth, decreased muscle tone, heart defects, impaired coordination, and development issues in thinking, speech, movement, and/or social skills. It also affects the baby physically. Problems with the face include: narrow, small eyes with large folds underneath, small head, small upper jaw, a smooth groove in the upper lip, and a thin upper lip. If you are breast feeding be smart. The same amount of alcohol that is in your system will be transferred to your baby through breast milk. This can affect the baby’s eating and sleeping, which can lead to further development problems. If you decide to drink, time it so that it’s just after a feed and the alcohol has time to leave your system before the baby is hungry again. It is also a good idea to pump milk before you drink, or plan to give your baby formula. Having more than one drink is a bit more dangerous if you’re breastfeeding. The more drinks you have, the longer it will take for the alcohol to leave your system. If you are drunk do not feed your baby. If you must pump, throw out the tainted milk. Remember, you can’t safely care for your baby if you are drunk, and as alcohol dehydrates the body and affects your hormones, the amount of milk you produce will also decrease.