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Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail – Recipe and History

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Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail – Recipe and History

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Incredibly strong, which is not surprising, given that it is made of five types of heavy alcohol, but, nevertheless, Long Island Iced Tea is a very delicious cocktail. In most Long Island Iced Tea recipes equal parts of tequila, vodka, rum, gin and triple sec are used as main ingredients. One and a half parts of the sweet and sour mix is added to the mixture, finished by a splash of Coke that gives the drink a deep amber color, similar to the one of iced tea.

Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail


Servings: 1

  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce tequila
  • 1/2 ounce rum
  • 1/2 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce sweet and sour mix
  • 1 ounce Coca-Cola

Time: 5 min

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour vodka, tequila, rum, gin, triple sec and sweet and sour mix over ice, cover and shake. Pour the mix into a highball glass, add a splash of Coke for color. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Watch video how to make this cocktail

Due to a low ratio of mixer to the alcoholic ingredients, Long Island Iced Tea has much higher alcohol content (about 22%) than other cocktails served in a highball glass.
There exist some cocktails with similar recipes, which are sometimes confused with the original Long Island Iced Tea:
Tokyo Tea or Three Mile Island: sweet and sour is replaced by melon liqueur,
Texas Tea – ½ ounce bourbon is added to the original recipe,
Adios Mother Fucker – triple sec is replaced by Blue Curaсao.

There are several versions of the story and authorship of the Long Island Iced Tea recipe. However, the inventor of the classic version is considered to be Robert “Rosebud” Butt, who first prepared it in 1972 during the competition of bartenders at Oak Beach Inn in Long Island in New York.

Watch video, where Bob tells the story of the Long Island Iced Tea and makes the cocktail:

It is possible that Bob was not the first bartender to make the legendary cocktail resembling iced tea. According to some versions, a similar cocktail was first invented during Prohibition, but Bob claimed that he was the first to make it in his “original” way.