+

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

10 Herbal Lemonades to Upgrade Your Summer Picnic
Food News

10 Herbal Lemonades to Upgrade Your Summer Picnic

by Pamela Vachon | Recall that scene in “Bridesmaids” when Kristen Wiig’s character is handed a pink lemonade en route...

11 Ways to Sip (and Eat!) Sweet Tea This Summer
Recipe Round-Ups

11 Ways to Sip (and Eat!) Sweet Tea This Summer

by Joey Skladany | You're not considered a real Southerner unless you take your tea extra sweet. We're not talking three...

Rosé All Day: Here's How Your Favorite Wine Is Actually Made
Explainers

Rosé All Day: Here's How Your Favorite Wine Is Actually Made

by Dan Koday | Pale pink in color, rosé looks pretty divine submerged in a half-melted ice bucket drenched by sunlight...