+

Long Island Iced Tea

1 drink Easy
Total: Active:
8 Ratings 

Ingredients (9)

  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce tequila
  • 1/2 ounce light rum
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • Cold cola
  • Wedge of lemon
Try Amazon Fresh
Nutritional Information
  • Calories200
  • Fat0.1g
  • Saturated fat0.02g
  • Trans fat
  • Carbs10.25g
  • Fiber0.24g
  • Sugar9.15g
  • Protein0.14g
  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium2.17mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (1 servings) Powered by

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.

Long Island Iced Tea

The Long Island Iced Tea is one of many creative cocktails whose numerous ingredients are intended to simulate the flavor of something entirely different. Although definitely not tea nor containing any tea, the Long Island Iced Tea does taste like tea, and it did hail from Long Island. Robert C. “Rosebud” Butt is credited with creating this drink in the 1970s; ever since, he has been toast of the town as well as the butt of many diatribes. As Joseph Scott and Donald Bain point out in The World’s Best Bartender Guide, the problem with the Long Island Iced Tea is that it doesn’t taste like an alcoholic drink, and therefore those otherwise circumspect about drinking alcohol summarily end up as boiled as an owl. In fact, two’s the limit in most bars, and other bars will no longer serve it because it goes down so easily—and soon the drinker follows suit.

Still, the Long Island Iced Tea need not be a knockout punch. By halving the ingredients, the flavor remains but the kick is softened.

Originally an American frat house formulation (served beside the likes of jungle juice), the Long Island Iced Tea has made its way in and out of bars and lounges across the country, inspiring adherents and detractors along the way. While not intended to be a nightcap, it nevertheless has a way of abruptly and unceremoniously putting an end to an evening.

For the non-alcoholic guests, we recommend a refreshing Arnold Palmer drink.

Get The Cookbook

Field Guide to Cocktails

by Rob Chirico

Save
Buy Now

Instructions

  1. 1Shake the vodka, gin, tequila, rum, lemon juice, triple sec, and sugar with ice; then strain into a chilled collins glass filled with ice. Add cola to fill, gently stir, and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Variation

Texas Tea: Add 1/2 ounce bourbon.

Load Comments

Recommended from Chowhound

New, Modern Twists on the Most-Searched Classic Thanksgiving Dishes
Recipe Round-Ups

New, Modern Twists on the Most-Searched Classic Thanksgiving Dishes

by Alyssa Jung | If you’re anything like us, Thanksgiving is your day. The chance to stuff yourself with juicy, perfectly...

Slab Pies to Feed a Crowd This Thanksgiving
Recipe Round-Ups

Slab Pies to Feed a Crowd This Thanksgiving

by Jen Wheeler | Whether you're team pumpkin or team pecan, pie is by and large a sure bet for Thanksgiving dessert...

13 Common Cooking Mistakes to Avoid This Thanksgiving
Chowhound Lists

13 Common Cooking Mistakes to Avoid This Thanksgiving

by Emily Payne | Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful even for seasoned experts. It’s a complex task that takes...