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Long Island Iced Tea

Hey there! Ready to mix up something exciting? Let’s dive into the world of cocktails with a classic – the Long Island Iced Tea. It’s more than just a drink; it’s an adventure in a glass. Famous for its bold taste and fun mix of ingredients, this cocktail is perfect for parties or just chilling at home. So, grab your shaker, and let’s start this flavorful journey!

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Tasting Notes

The Long Island Iced Tea is a unique blend of sweet, sour, and a bit of zest. It tastes like a cool, refreshing iced tea but surprises you with a kick from its mix of spirits. There’s a hint of citrus from the lemon and a slight sweetness from the cola. It’s a strong drink but goes down smooth, making it a favorite for many.


  • 3/4 ounce vodka
  • 3/4 ounce rum
  • 3/4 ounce gin
  • 3/4 ounce tequila
  • 3/4 ounce triple sec
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • Splash of cola
  • Lemon slice (for garnish)


  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour in the vodka, rum, gin, tequila, triple sec, and sweet and sour mix.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into a highball or hurricane glass filled with ice.
  5. Top with a splash of cola for color.
  6. Garnish with a lemon slice.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh ice in the shaker and the glass for the best taste.
  • Adjust the sweetness by controlling the amount of cola.
  • For a twist, add a splash of lemon or lime juice.
  • Always drink responsibly, especially with strong cocktails like this.

Similar Cocktails

  • Texas Tea: Think of this as the Long Island Iced Tea’s Southern cousin. Texas Tea adds a splash of bourbon to the classic mix, giving it a bolder, more robust flavor. It’s perfect for those who love a whiskey touch in their cocktails.
  • Adios Motherf*** (AMF)**: This vibrant blue drink is not just eye-catching but also packs a punch. It’s similar to the Long Island Iced Tea but swaps out the cola for blue curaçao and soda, giving it a fruity yet strong profile.
  • Tokyo Tea: This is a fun, colorful twist on the Long Island, where the cola is replaced with Midori melon liqueur. It has a sweeter, fruitier taste with a distinct melon flavor, making it a hit at parties.
  • Electric Iced Tea: This vibrant cocktail is a colorful twist on the classic Long Island Iced Tea. The Electric Iced Tea swaps out the cola and triple sec for blue curaçao and lemon-lime soda, giving it a bright blue color and a refreshing citrus flavor.
  • Zombie: For those who love a tropical vibe, the Zombie is a must-try. It’s a mix of various rums, fruit juices, and liqueurs like apricot brandy. It’s stronger and sweeter, with a complex, layered flavor profile.
See also  Flying Dutchman


The Long Island Iced Tea started making waves in the 1970s. It was believed to be invented in Long Island, New York, as a contest entry to create a new mixed drink. It gained popularity for its unique taste and high spirit content, making it a hit in bars and parties.

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Long island iced tea drink

Long Island Iced Tea Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 3 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Long Island Iced Tea, strong drinks
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
The Long Island Iced Tea has a blend of potent spirits and cola and is famously one of the strongest cocktails. Craft the perfect mix with our recipe instructions.


  • ¾ oz. vodka
  • ¾ oz. white rum
  • ¾ oz. gin
  • ¾ oz. tequila
  • ¾ oz. triple sec
  • ¾ oz. lemon juice
  • ¾ oz. simple syrup
  • Cola
  • Lemon wedge or slice for garnish


  • Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add the vodka, white rum, gin, tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the glass.
  • Stir well.
  • Top off with cola.
  • Garnish with a lemon wedge or slice.
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let us know how it was!
Long Island Iced Tea
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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