Favourite Cocktails: Long Island Iced Tea Recipe

I thought I’d start the year with a post on Long Island Iced Tea. I cannot emphasise how I’m a big fan of this drink. If I’m not mistaken it’s consistently on the list of most popular drinks and is featured in television programs, the latest being The Big Bang Theory (I hope I can say, “upvote if you’re watching this too!”).

Long island iced tea was invented in 1970s by a certain Robert “Rosebud” Butt while he was employed at at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island, NY. Variants have since been invented.

For those who’re not familiar with the concoction, long island iced tea is made up of vodka, gin, tequila and rum – among other ingredients. Yep, no tea! It’s called as such because it tastes like tea, and a really delicious one at that. Be warned though, this drink easily “gets you there.” I’ve researched and found that it has an alcohol concentration of about 22%, which explains a lot.

This is, by far, the best long island iced tea recipe I’ve tried.


long island iced teaLong Island Iced Tea Recipe

Serving: 1



  • 30 ml vodka
  • 30 ml gold tequila
  • 30 ml rum
  • 30 ml gin
  • 30 ml triple sec
  • 145 ml sweet and sour mix
  • 60 ml cola
  • 1 lemon wedge
  1. Place some ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour in vodka, tequila, rum, gin, triple sec and sweet and sour mix. Cover and shake until outside is frosty.
  2. Prepare a highball glass, with ice cubes. Strain in the mixture and top with cola. Garnish with the lemon wedge.


Long island iced tea is perfect for cool summer nights, though I’ve heard it’s also good for those with difficult in-laws.


Do you like long island iced tea as well?

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