Thank God: $1 Long Island Iced Teas Now Available at All Area Applebee’s

Forget the Citywide Special. There's a cheaper way to drink yourself into oblivion and out of 2017.

The Dollar L.I.T., floating in an endless black void. | Photo courtesy of Applebee’s

I think we can all agree that 2017 has felt like several nightmarish decades crammed into a single year. And with only 31 days remaining in this particular Black Mirror episode that is now American life, I’m still not sure we’ll make it through.

But as Mr. Rogers said, when bad things happen, look for the helpers. And right now, that’s Applebee’s, which is stepping up in troubled times by offering $1 Long Island Iced Teas all month long.

The “Dollar L.I.T.”, as they’re calling the drink — typically vodka, rum, gin, tequila, triple sec, sweet and sour mix, and cola, and definitely not just a mix of Everclear, high-fructose corn syrup, and citric acid delivered by the tanker truck to your friendly neighborhood Applebee’s — might just be what we need to ease us through to whatever fresh horrors await us in 2018.

The deal is available at locations around the country, all day, every day through the end of the year, and all the Applebee’s in the Philly area are participating. That means you can start drinking as early as 11 a.m., whether you need to give yourself a break from holiday stress, the travails of late-stage capitalism, or the seemingly imminent authoritarian takeover of our democracy.