Long Island Iced Tea Recipe

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Built

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Collins

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Mixed

LONG ISLAND ICED TEA RECIPE

25ml Vodka
25ml Gin
25ml Rum
25ml Tequila
15ml Triple Sec
25ml Lemon Juice
Top Cola

HOW TO MAKE A LONG ISLAND ICED TEA COCKTAIL

Build all ingredients in the order listed over cubed ice in a highball glass. Once built top with cola to taste.

GARNISH

Lemon Wedge

TELL US ABOUT THE LONG ISLAND ICED TEA COCKTAIL

There are two camps when it comes to the Long Island Iced Tea recipe – those that love the boozy concoction and those that feel it’s just a bit too much (alcohol/flavour wise) for a cocktail. We fall into the former camp, the reason being that on paper the Long Island Iced Tea shouldn’t work but for some reason, it just does!

There isn’t a clear origin for the Long Island Iced Tea recipe and it’s not a “spiked” Iced Tea like many would initially believe.

The cocktail then rose to prominence in the late 1970s/early 1980s after it was believed to have been invented (or at least modified) by Robert ‘Rosebud’ Butt at a drinks contest. Regardless of the origin story, we know that the Long Island Iced Tea is not a drink for the faint-hearted.

There are two common recipes for this cocktail – the one listed above is the original – which uses lemon juice (and occasionally lime juice and simple syrup as extra additions) and another which swaps out these ingredients in favour of a sweet and sour mix.

Whichever recipe you opt for, just keep in mind that this cocktail disguises the strength of the ingredients well so make sure you don’t use it for a “casual” drink!

EXPERT TIP

While the traditional recipe calls for the spirits to be mixed by building them in the glass, we’d recommend first shaking the spirits, liqueur and lemon juice. This is a light shake to better combine the flavours and create a colour that resembles an iced tea along with a more consistent taste for the finished drink.

DID YOU KNOW

The cocktail made in the traditional way comes in at an unbelievable average of 22% ABV per drink! If it’s too much for you then check out some of our other recipes.

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