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Perfect Long Island Ice Tea

Updated on April 3, 2016
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I have long been a lover of Long Island Ice Teas - seeking them out wherever I go, and comparing that distinct citrus taste, as well as the strength of course, being that it is a drink with 5 different spirits in.

It occurred to me, perhaps in a more delayed time scale than it should have, that being a lover of said drink I can probably have a go at making a fairly decent one, so long as I used good quality spirits and made a good sweet and sour mix.

The following is the recipe I have come up with, including a side recipe for creating your own sweet and sour mix, which gives the drink a lot of that amazing zingy flavour.

Good Quality Spirits
Good Quality Spirits


  • 25ml Glens Vodka
  • 25ml Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila
  • 25ml Triple Sec
  • 25ml Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin
  • 25ml Havana Club #3
  • 1 Cup Coke Zero
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Cup Caster Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Ice
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves 2 - 3
Sweet & Sour Cocktail Mix
Sweet & Sour Cocktail Mix

Sweet & Sour Mix

Before we can make (and drink!) the perfect Long Island Ice Tea, we need to make the sweet and sour mix.

This is what gives the cocktail it's distinctive citrus taste, without being harsh and bitter.

I like to make this up in advanced and keep a jar of it. I find that it will last for about 5 - 7 days easily, when kept in the fridge, though it might need a shake before use.

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Fresh Lemon & Lime JuiceCaster SugarCaster Sugar & WaterAdd Juice
Fresh Lemon & Lime Juice
Fresh Lemon & Lime Juice
Caster Sugar
Caster Sugar
Caster Sugar & Water
Caster Sugar & Water
Add Juice
Add Juice
  1. Firstly measure out equal parts caster sugar and water. I am going to be using my cocktail measuring cup.
  2. Add these to a pan on a low-medium heat and constantly stir until you have a good syrup consistency - being careful not to let any sugar stick to the bottom, or caramelise.
  3. Take the pan off the heat and let cool for around 5 or 10 minutes. You can leave it in the pan or add to another bowl to make it cool quicker.
  4. When cool, add the juice of one lemon and one lime. You can add more to taste if desired, and dependant on how much syrup you have made. It is important to use fresh juice and not bottled.
  5. Stir well and leave to one side.
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The Long Island Ice Tea

Next we will get onto making the actual cocktail. As previously mentioned, you can skip the above step most of the time by making larger batches of the sweet and sour mix. This will last if jarred for a good few days.


  1. Measure out equal parts of each spirit. I am going to do 25ml of each, which will make 2 - 3 drinks. If you require more, then obviously double or triple the amount.
  2. Add these to a cocktail shaker with a semi-generous helping of ice.
  3. Next add 50ml (or 2x the individual spirit measure) of the sweet and sour mix to the cocktail shaker. Ensuring it has gone completely cold.
  4. Shake well.
  5. Pour over a glass with ice, about half way up the glass.
  6. Next you must pour in a cola of your choice, carefully and along the side of the glass, this will ensure the liquids seperate and give that classic Lond Island Ice Tea look.
  7. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 3
Calories 376
Calories from Fat0
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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