Long Island iced tea

Long Island Iced Tea cocktail
The Long Island iced tea is a strong alcoholic cocktail which is a blend of vodka, gin, rum, orange liqueur (such as triple sec) and cola.
The potent mixture of five spirits and the brown colouring of the cola mixer is said to make a Long Island iced tea look and taste like a bit like tea. Some unconfirmed sources say this was intentional and a means to make drinking a Long Island iced tea less conspicuous during American prohibition.
Robert "Rosebud" Butt has claimed to be the creator of Long Island iced tea when it was produced in a contest to create a new cocktail with Triple Sec in 1972 when he worked at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island, New York but a similar drink is also known to have existed during the 1920's prohibition period. The 1920's version originated in Long Island, Kingsport, Tennessee and contained whiskey and maple syrup – but still included five different liquors.
Most variants of a Long Island iced tea use equal measures of the spirits, but it's also common for the Triple Sec to have a slightly lesser quantity.
Please be aware that because of the lesser amount of mixer used in a Long Island iced tea this cocktail can be significantly stronger than other cocktails in the same glass size.
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • Highball glass


  • 50 ml vodka
  • 25 ml spiced rum
  • 25 ml gin
  • 25 ml orange liqueur (such as triple sec)
  • 50 ml lemon or lime juice
  • 25 ml sugar syrup
  • cola
  • ice cubes

To garnish

  • 1 lemon slice


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Add to the shaker; rum, vodka, gin, orange liqueur, sugar syrup, lemon, and the lime juice.
  • With the lid on, shake all the ingredients in the cocktail shaker until it is cold.
  • Then strain the mix into a long glass of ice.
  • Top up the glass with cola.
  • To garnish, add the slice of lemon.


units: 4


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There is some dispute as to the origin of the Long Island Iced Tea, as numerous sources attribute the origin to one or both of two inventors in the 1920's and 1970's.

Please note that the units field is an estimation, and will vary depending on the type and quantity of alcohol used. Please drink responsibly and legally.