The Ultimate Long Island Iced Tea Recipe

No one knows where the Long Island iced tea recipe came from. That seems to be a common theme with many famous cocktails. It likely came about during the Prohibition in an effort to disguise bootleggers’ alcohol. Or it may have came out in the 1970s in a bar or possibly TGI Friday’s where they are known to be plentiful (perhaps a little too plentiful).

No one can deny that the recipe for this popular cocktail is crazy. It has shots of almost every basic liquor you can think of along with soda and lemon juice. This thing is a knock-out in a glass. But it also is very delicious and it is one of the most popular drinks around. But with its high alcohol content, you can’t expect to get through a glass of this without getting a hangover in the morning (unless you already have an iron stomach).

But how can you make a Long Island iced tea cocktail?

long island iced tea recipe

Long Island Iced Tea Recipe

  • 3/4 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce white rum
  • 3/4 ounce tequila
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • Cola, to top
  • Garnish: lemon wedge or cherry

Add all the liquor and the simple syrup into a Collins glass. Make sure the glass is filled with ice beforehand. Add a few splashes of cola over the top and stir it all together until just combined. Add a slice of lemon or a cherry and preferably a straw. That’s how you make a Long Island iced tea!

You can, of course, make some adjustments if you feel that this traditional drink is too strong for you. Some people prefer to cut down on the liquor and instead let the citrus flavors shine through. You can also add a splash of orange juice into this drink for an extra zing. There are no rules when it comes to making Long Island iced tea.

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