Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail Recipe

Long Island Iced Tea Nutrition Facts






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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

August 9, 2023


The Long Island Iced Tea is believed to have been created in the 1970s by a bartender named Robert 'Rosebud' Butt at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island, New York. The cocktail quickly gained popularity for its potent mix of spirits and its deceptive resemblance to a non-alcoholic iced tea. It is a favorite among party-goers and those who enjoy a strong, flavorful drink.

How Long Island Iced Tea Tastes?

The Long Island Iced Tea is a complex blend of flavors, combining the sweetness of cola and sour mix with the boldness of multiple spirits. It is a strong, yet surprisingly smooth cocktail with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Interesting facts about Long Island Iced Tea

  • Despite its name, the Long Island Iced Tea contains no actual tea.
  • The cocktail is known for its high alcohol content, as it combines five different spirits.
  • Some variations of the Long Island Iced Tea replace the cola with other mixers, such as lemon-lime soda or cranberry juice.


A few good options for Long Island Iced Tea are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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A few good options for Long Island Iced Tea are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Recipe. How to make Long Island Iced Tea Drink

  1. Fill a Collins glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add the vodka, gin, white rum, tequila, and triple sec to the glass.
  3. Pour in the sour mix and top with a splash of cola.
  4. Stir the cocktail gently to combine the ingredients.
  5. Garnish with a lemon wedge on the rim of the glass.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice in your sour mix for a more authentic flavor.
  • Chill your spirits before mixing to keep the cocktail cold without diluting it too much.
  • Stir gently to combine the ingredients without making the cocktail too fizzy.

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What you could change in Long Island Iced Tea

  • Vodka: You can substitute vodka with another clear spirit like white rum.
  • Cola: Try replacing cola with lemon-lime soda or cranberry juice for a different flavor profile.
  • Triple Sec: If you don't have triple sec, you can use another orange liqueur like Cointreau or Grand Marnier.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Long Island Iced Tea

What is the origin of the name 'Long Island Iced Tea'?

The cocktail was invented on Long Island, New York so it is named after its birthplace. The 'Iced Tea' part of the name comes from its resemblance to a glass of iced tea.

What types of glassware can I use if I don't have a Collins glass?

Any tall, slim glass would work as a substitute, such as a highball glass. This is to ensure the correct ratio of ingredients to ice.

Are there any non-alcoholic versions of the Long Island Iced Tea?

Yes, a non-alcoholic or 'virgin' version of this cocktail can be made by substituting non-alcoholic versions of the spirits and adding more cola or sour mix.

Is the Long Island Iced Tea popular worldwide?

Yes, the Long Island Iced Tea is a very popular cocktail worldwide, particularly in the United States, often found on menus in restaurants and bars.

What are some popular variations of the Long Island Iced Tea?

There are many variations of the Long Island Iced Tea with different mixers or spirits such as the Miami Iced Tea with peach schnapps and cranberry juice, or the Mexican Iced Tea with tequila and lime juice.

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Extra information to help you make Long Island Iced Tea

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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