This drink belongs to the era of naming drinks after Long Island Iced Tea variations. It is a newer variation, but not the newest and belongs to the sub-era of coloring these variations, such as blue, red, and green. Here is a recent printing, which also happens to be an early printing of this drink:
Cocktails – Page 39 by Zarin Thomson in 2007
“true tokyo iced tea 1 tot white rum 1 tot melon liquor 1 tot gin 1 tot vodka 1 tot triple sec 1 tot lemon juice 1 tot gomme syrup place ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake and strain into a hurricane glass with fresh ice.”
It is also printed this same year in Bartender’s Guide by John K. Waters in 2007
Unlike most of these variations, there are very good indicators that help date this drink correctly. Although, just like the other variations, much literature surrounding this drink doesn’t exist. Midori, originated in Japan and the name itself is very popular in Japanese culture: http://www.midori-world.com/history.html
Midori not only translates to “Green” in Japanese, but it is also a Japanese jazz-punk fusion band, a 1992 anime film, and an anime series and its title character Midori Kasugano. We can safely determine that the rise of Midori’s popularity and the popular trend of naming LIIT varitations after locations and color gave birth to this drink.
Midori claims themselves that their popularity began to rise in 1981, although it was introduced in 1978 to the U.S.. In 1987, Production began in Mexico, this is why most bottles distributed in the U.S. are labeled “Hecho En Mexico” which translates to “Done or Made in Mexico”. If this drink was created after 1987, it would have been called a “Mexico Iced Tea” or something similar to that.
This drink dates between 1981 – 1987 and contained at least as of then:
Shake these ingredients:
Fresh Lemon Juice
Strain ingredients into a hurricane glass (introduced to the drink as early as 2007) filled with fresh ice cubes.