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How to prepare a Long Island Iced Tea (Recipe)

Updated on August 4, 2012
Long Island Iced Tea
Long Island Iced Tea

What's this popular drink about?

The Long Island Iced Tea is a highball made out of, among other ingredients, vodka, gin, tequila, and rum. A well known version combines equal parts of vodka, gin, tequila, rum, and triple sec with 1½ parts sour mix and a splash of cola. Almost all versions use equal parts of liquors but incorporate a smaller amount of triple sec (or some other orange-flavored liqueur). Close variants frequently substitute the sour mix with lemon juice.

The beverage has a higher alcohol concentration (about 24 percent) compared to most highballs drinks as a result of numerous liquors and the relatively small amount of mixer.

Outside the United States, this highball is usually modified, as a result of unpopularity of sour mix. Long Island Iced Tea served outside the United States is usually made from liquors and cola alone (without sour mix), with lemon or lime juice.

5 stars from 2 ratings of Long Island Iced Tea Recipe


  • 1/2 ounce (15 ml.) Vodka
  • 1/2 ounce (15 ml.) White Tequila
  • 1/2 ounce (15 ml.) White Rum
  • 1/2 ounce (15 ml.) Triple Sec
  • 1/2 ounce (15 ml.) Gin
  • 1.5 ounce (45 ml.) Sweet and Sour Mix or Lemmon Juice + Simple Syrup
  • 1 Splash of Coke
  • 1 Cutted Lemmon wedge
  • 6-8 Cubes of Ice

Method to prepare

  1. Pour the Vodka, Gin, Tequila, Rum and Triple Sec into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the sweet and sour mix and the 6-8 ice cubes
  3. Shake it! Until the shaker feels cold (10-14 shakes is enough)
  4. Place a few cubes of ice right into a highball glass, and strain in the iced tea. Top with the cola, and garnish using a wedge of lime.

Video - How to do a Long Island Iced Tea

Ordering extra long would increase the alcoholic beverages by the double, you would need to add instead of 1/2 ounce an ounce (30 ml) making it an extra strong beverage which is not recommended since its already strong.


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    • Ms._Info profile image

      Ms._Info 5 years ago from New Jersey

      This is one of my favorite drinks. I never tried making it at home though. Thanks for the recipe!

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      facebookpokerguy 5 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Best one ever, specially when you order it extra long :)

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      Francesca27 5 years ago from Hub Page

      You are talking my language! This is my favorite drink.