This drink is possibly the second newest location Long Island Iced Tea variation that is considered a real drink. This drink appears as early as:
Vodka Cocktail Recipes – Index of Cocktails and Mixed Drinks with Vodka in 1998
“Hawaiian Iced Tea. vodka, gin, light rum, tequila, triple sec, sour mix, pineapple juice, Texas Tea. vodka, rum, tequila, gin, bourbon, triple sec, sweet and sour mix”
This is conforms to the era trend of naming drinks after locations and it’s composition being that of a variation of the Long Island Iced Tea. Hawaii has always been assocaited with pineapples and pineapple juice. Dole Brand pineapple juice prides itself on using fresh hawaiian pineapples. So this drinks ingredients are no mystery.
This drinks popularity did not last long as we see here this inaccurate reference :
New York: Volume 36 in 2003
“Julie Reiner’s superb Hawaiian Ice Tea. made with Absolut Mandarin infused with a floral black tea. can be deceptively strong.”
There are few refences that date prior to 2000, but nearly every reference prior to 2000 calls for a “Pineapple Juice Long Island Iced Tea” where as ingredients in drinks with the same name call for anything from real iced tea to vermouth. It is undetermined why the name was picked up so shortly after the drink faded and futhermore, why the name was picked back up and the ingredients weren’t is a complete mystery.
This drink dates between 1988 – 1995 and contained at least as of then:
Shake these ingredients:
Fresh Lemon Juice
Dole Pineapple Juice
Strain ingredients into a collins glass filled with fresh ice cubes.