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Perfect Long Island iced tea recipe

Perfect Long Island iced tea recipe

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A wonderfully refreshing cola-based alcoholic drink. The perfect summer drink to enjoy all year round.

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IngredientsServes: 1

  • 2 tablespoons vodka
  • 2 tablespoons gin
  • 2 tablespoons triple sec liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • 350ml cola

MethodPrep:5min ›Extra time:5min › Ready in:10min

  1. Pour vodka, gin, triple sec and rum together into a large table jug and adjust the cola proportions to your personal taste and stir. Pour into a tall glass with ice.

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Although my kids may love it, I'd recommendkeping this one to adults. What I will sayis this one is a REAL sleeper! Collect the carkeys and lock the doors, people are going towild with this one!Thanks Gene-18 Sep 2000

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Long Island Iced Tea

The Long Island Iced Tea is one of those cocktails most people have stumbled across at one time or another. It’s also one of those drinks where some bars are exceptional at making while others seem to offer a “watered down” variation. In truth it isn’t as much of a gin cocktail as it is a combination cocktail. With the number of ingredients used to make a Long Island Iced Tea the gin taste does not stand out, but it does play an important role. The drink in its current form is relatively new (at least when compared to other gin cocktails), with its origin dating back to 1972, when Robert Butt fix mixing up the drink at the Oak Beach Inn (located on Long Island, New York, of course). This cocktail is a staple for most bars, and it is important to know how to make it (and what goes in it), as the pre-made Long Island Iced Tea kits often leave out important ingredients.

The Long Island Iced Tea is a cocktail that requires a number of spirits. In fact, it uses basically every clear liquor found in a bar well. Most of the liquors mute out the taste of the other spirits within the cocktail, giving it a surprisingly smooth, yet strong, taste.

Long Island Iced Tea Recipe

When we're talking about cocktails--and we like to do that from time to time because so many of our readers are looking for cocktail recipes--we like to offer you a good variety.

So, we have the Mojito, and we have the Bellini, and we even have a great Tom Collins.

But this Long Island Iced Tea?

Just look at it! It's got the casual, laid back look going that is pretty much inviting us to go sit on the deck, pull up a chair and kick back and enjoy the slow summer day.

Because lazy days were meant for chilling out, right?

How to Make a Long Island Iced Tea

Every time I go out with a group of friends or entertain at our home someone orders a Long Island Iced Tea. It’s one of the most popular cocktails in America, especially among females. It’s a drink that I’ve been making and enjoying for several years. It’s easy-to-make but does require quite a few ingredients compared to other cocktail drinks.

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Long Island Iced Tea Recipe

1 oz. White Rum
1 oz. Gin
1 oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Tequila
1 1/2 oz. Sweet & Sour Mix
Splash of Cola (soda)
Ice Cubes
Fresh Lemon Wedge
Drinking Straw

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add in the white rum, gin, triple sec, vodka, tequila and sweet & sour mix. Cover and shake vigorously until blended. Pour into a tall glass. Add the splash of cola (soda). Garnish rim of glass with a fresh lemon wedge. Add the straw. Serve immediately.

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  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz White Rum
  • 1 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 2 oz Homemade Sweet & Sour Mix
  • Splash Coke
  • Ice
  • Maraschino Cherry (for garnish)
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add all of the alcohol items and Sweet & Sour Mix to the shaker
  3. Shake, Shake, Shake
  4. Pour the mixture into a glass and top with a splash of coke
  5. Garnish with a maraschino cherry

I am already thinking about summer BBQs in the backyard and enjoying these with some friends. With how easy it is to make with these drinks, it would be great to make a big batch in a pitcher and then offer some Coke for each person to top off their drink.

There are a few variations of this traditional cocktail that I like to enjoy as well so I will be sharing those over the next few months.

Do you have a favorite cocktail that you always order when you go out to eat? What is it?

Long Island Ice Tea

Or 'Long Island Iced Tea' : A very popular long drink.

  1. Muddle 2 lime wedges and pour into highball glass
  2. Build spirits and juice over ice and top with coke.
  3. garnish with a lime wheel

Volume: 4.5 oz
Alcohol units: 3.0 standard drinks
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 22%


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Average Score: 8.9 (46 votes)


Long Island Iced Tea, a summer drink, was first served in the late 1970s by Robert (Rosebud) Butt, a bartender at the Oak Beach Inn, in the Town of Babylon, Long Island, New York

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When you look at the ingredients list, you wonder what the hell it will taste like, but they all compliment each other into a lovely drink. It was the cocktail of the evening at one of my dinner parties and was loved by many of the guests.

Comment by Lord Dionysus on 2017-05-25 14:52:12

Beautiful. I've done my own South East Asia variation of it, please check it out and tell me what you think :)

Comment by bensydney on 2010-12-20 03:42:09

Added by Athena on 2009-05-13 20:30:28
Last updated on 2012-10-29 07:54:16
Status: Approved

Long Island Iced Tea Recipe Tips

There is no iced tea anywhere in the Long Island Iced Tea. It is simply the color of iced tea. This is critical knowledge to have if you plan to drink one. The popularity of the Long Island has spawned its own family of highballs.

Many drinks remain popular in their own right in numerous locales throughout the United States, while owing their existence to the success of the original Long Island Iced Tea. Most variants use equal parts of the main liquors, but include a smaller amount of triple sec (or other orange-flavored liqueur).

Close variants often replace the sour mix with lemon juice, replace the cola with diet cola or actual iced tea, or add white crème de menthe. Most variants do not include any tea. If this drink is treated with respect and the person pouring keeps in mind that taste is more important than potency, the Long Island Iced Tea is a good drink.

Frozen Long Island Iced Tea

Ingredients US Metric

  • 2 cups ice, or more, as needed
  • 1 1/2 cups sour mix, chilled
  • 1 ounce vodka, chilled
  • 1 ounce gin, chilled
  • 1 ounce light rum, chilled
  • 1 ounce tequila, chilled
  • 1 ounce triple sec, chilled
  • 1 (12-ounce) can cola, chilled
  • Fresh lemon slices or orange wedges and maraschino cherries skewered on paper umbrellas (optional garnish)


Pour 2 cups ice, the sour mix, vodka, gin, light rum, tequila, and triple sec in the blender and process until slushy, adding more ice if needed.

Divvy the slush between 2 tall glasses and top off each with a splash of cola, reserving the rest of the can of cola for another use. If desired, garnish with lemon slices or orange wedges and maraschino cherries skewered on paper umbrellas. Sip immediately and slooooooowly. Originally published May 17, 2013

Recipe Testers' Reviews

What’s not to like about a Long Island Iced Tea? With spring here and summer right around the corner, what a wonderful cocktail for a backyard barbecue.

I love the idea of having this drink “slushy”, but to really do so, it needs more than two cups of ice. I found that 3 cups make it perfect. Also, I really would consider doubling the liquor, keeping the sour mix the same, and still adding the splash of coke. I don’t like strong drinks, but I don’t think you would really taste much alcohol. I can’t taste ANY alcohol in it the way it is written. [Editor’s Note: Uh, that’s sorta what makes the Long Island Iced Tea so darn dangerous—you can’t taste the booze. Proceed with that recommendation to double the spirits with extreme caution.]

It would be ideal to make the “slush part” in advance, keep in the freezer and spoon it into a glass, then add the coke. I plan to try that and will keep you posted!

I like my iced tea with sugar and lemon. This drink combines those ingredients in a very well balanced combination with several liquors. I have an older blender, so I had to let it run uninterrupted in order to get the proper “slushy” drink. The caution for testers is very valid. “Watch out: This is a strong one.” I do think this is better to sip rather than drink it as a thirst quencher. However I do see the temptation to do the quenching!

This had a nice, refreshing, light, tea-like flavor, a hint of dryness, and a touch of sweet and tangy. It had the tea-like look, too, of clear sepia.

I couldn’t get “sour mix" so I used Rosie’s Lime Cordial instead. It worked out quite well. I added the amount called for, but that seemed too citrus-y for me. If you use the lime cordial, I suggest that you start with one cup and add 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time, until you get the right taste for your palate. (You’ll have people fighting to be quality control for this taste test!) This does make close to 6 cups of “tea”, so the recipe could be split among 4 people. It’s perfect for Collins cocktail glasses and would still allow room for an ice cube or two (recommended).

The drink wasn’t slushy, but my ingredients were at room temperature before mixing.


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Oh my, having a birthday dinner in the next week or so (mine :) ) and I just found the liquid refreshment while doing my grilling…….

Long Island Iced Tea

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The Long Island Iced Tea is one of many creative cocktails whose numerous ingredients are intended to simulate the flavor of something entirely different. Although definitely not tea nor containing any tea, the Long Island Iced Tea does taste like tea, and it did hail from Long Island. Robert C. “Rosebud” Butt is credited with creating this drink in the 1970s ever since, he has been toast of the town as well as the butt of many diatribes. As Joseph Scott and Donald Bain point out in The World’s Best Bartender Guide, the problem with the Long Island Iced Tea is that it doesn’t taste like an alcoholic drink, and therefore those otherwise circumspect about drinking alcohol summarily end up as boiled as an owl. In fact, two’s the limit in most bars, and other bars will no longer serve it because it goes down so easily—and soon the drinker follows suit.

Still, the Long Island Iced Tea need not be a knockout punch. By halving the ingredients, the flavor remains but the kick is softened.

Originally an American frat house formulation (served beside the likes of jungle juice), the Long Island Iced Tea has made its way in and out of bars and lounges across the country, inspiring adherents and detractors along the way. While not intended to be a nightcap, it nevertheless has a way of abruptly and unceremoniously putting an end to an evening.

For the non-alcoholic guests, we recommend a refreshing Arnold Palmer drink.


For the Cola Syrup: Combine 2 cups water, orange zest, lime zest, lemon zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, lavender, ginger, and citric acid in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to a light simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes.

Remove from heat and add vanilla extract, white sugar, and demerara sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Strain through a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth and let cool. Store syrup in refrigerator for up to 4 weeks until ready to use.

To make the Cocktail: Pour Old Tom gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, lime juice, cola syrup, and bitters into a carbonating cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, carbonate, and strain into an ice filled Collins glass. (See note if you don't have a cocktail carbonator.) Garnish with lemon and lime wheels.

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