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Long Island Iced Tea (LIT)

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 min
  • Prep: 3 min
  • Yield: 1 drink


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1/2-ounce vodka (recommended: Skyy Vodka)

1/2-ounce gin (recommended: Beefeater Gin)

1/2-ounce light rum

1/2-ounce Triple Sec (recommended: Hiram Walker Triple Sec)

3 ounces sour mix (recommended: Finest Call Sour Mix)

Cola (recommended: Coca-Cola)

Lemon wedge, for garnish

  • Combine first 5 ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a 14-ounce beverage glass. Top with soda and garnish with a lemon wedge. Serve with a tall straw.

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Long Island Iced Tea

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The Long Island Iced Tea was popularized in the 1970s and remains a beloved drink. It’s possible the cocktail was born out of Prohibition, when thirsty scofflaws wanted to disguise their booze. It’s also possible the drink sprung up in the ’70s at a bar in Long Island, or maybe at a TGI Friday’s. This much is known: You still can’t throw a lemon wedge inside the chain restaurant without knocking one over.

On paper, the Long Island Iced Tea is one hot mess of a drink. Four different—and disparate—spirits slugging it out in a single glass, along with triple sec, lemon juice and cola? The recipe reads more like a frat-house hazing ritual than one of the world’s most popular cocktails. And yet, somehow, it works.

That’s because the Long Island Iced Tea succeeds where so many of today’s refined cocktails fall short: It’s boozy AF—nearly four ounces of alcohol against less than half that amount in mixers. Unless you’re a sailor on shore leave (and, probably, even if you are), that’s a red-flag ratio loaded with morning-after consequences. It’s also precisely what a person needs every now and then.

So, it’s best not to intellectualize the Long Island Iced Tea. Instead, love it for what it is: a one-and-done cocktail that goes down quickly and gets the job done. That said, even though the drink is rarely served at establishments juicing fresh citrus, it really perks up with the addition of fresh lemon juice. If you’re making one at home, squeeze some fruit for an easy win. And if you’re looking to tame your tea a bit, pull back the boozy parts from three-quarter ounce to half-ounce, and lean in on the cola. The good people of Long Island won’t be offended.

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3/4 ounce vodka

3/4 ounce white rum

3/4 ounce silver tequila

3/4 ounce gin

3/4 ounce triple sec

3/4 ounce simple syrup

3/4 ounce lemon juice , freshly squeezed

Cola , to top

Garnish: lemon wedge

Add the vodka, rum, tequila, gin, triple sec, simple syrup and lemon juice to a Collins glass filled with ice.

Top with a splash of the cola and stir briefly.

Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Serve with a straw.

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Long Island Iced Tea (LIIT): A Drink with a Mysterious Past

Long Island Iced Tea (LIIT): A Drink with a Mysterious Past

  • Cocktails are a fancy mix of various spirits
  • This stylish drink has been quite a mystery
  • The origin of Long Island Iced Tea has various stories surrounding it

Is LIIT stronger than other cocktails?

Dhanashree points out that people think LIIT is more potent as compared to a Cosmopolitan , Martini or a Mojito because it has several liquors of different quantities mixed in it. However, it consists of the same measure of alcohol that every other cocktail has. Every cocktail or a large drink has 60 milliliters of alcohol in it. Similarly, an LIIT has four equal measures of white spirits which makes a total of 60 milliliter along with one orange liqueur.

Here are two amazing recipes of LIIT that you would want to try for your next party.

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Recipe by Dhanashree Kirdat Punekar  

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Glass: Tall / Hurricane


  • 15 ml Vodka
  • 15 ml White rum
  • 15 ml Tequila
  • 10 ml Peach syrup
  • 10 ml Lime juice
  • 15 ml Red wine to float
  • Splash of aerated drink
  • Garnish: Sweet lime & mint sprig
  • Fill the shaker with ice
  • Add Vodka, Rum, Tequila, Gin, peach syrup
  • Pour in some lime juice and shake it well
  • Strain it on ice in a tall glass
  • Add a splash of aerated drink and float red wine

Long Island Iced Tea (LIIT)

Recipe by Mixologist Shatbhi Basu  

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  • 15 ml vodka (preferably orange flavoured)
  • 15 ml Tequila/Desmondji 51% (agave spirit)
  • 15 ml Cointreau/Desmondji (orange liqueur)
  • 10 ml lime juice
  • Top with coke
  • Garnish: orange slice with sprig of mint and orange
  • Take tall glasses filled with ice.
  • Add all ingredients except DJ 51 & orange liqueur.
  • Top with coke & float the DJ 51 & orange liqueur on top.
  • Give a gentle swirl & garnish.
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Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island iced tea is the ultimate party cocktail. Mix a pitcher-sized batch with tequila, rum, vodka, gin, and triple sec. It packs quite the punch!

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Let’s clarify one thing I wish I had known when I was younger: there is no iced tea anywhere in the Long Island iced tea. It is simply the color of iced tea.

This is critical knowledge to have if you plan to drink one. Or three. Because not knowing this will get you in a whole heap of trouble.

Why Long Island Iced Tea Is So Good

The Long Island Iced Tea is a curious cocktail. Theoretically, it shouldn’t taste all that good considering how many different liquors are being mixed together.

Yet, it works!

The triple sec (an orange-flavored liqueur), lemon juice, and cola bind everything just perfectly.

How To Serve Long Island Iced Tea

This cocktail is an easy one to throw together in a big pitcher for a party. I wait until just before the guests arrive, then mix everything together in a bowl with ice. Strain it into a pitcher and serve!

The step of mixing with the ice helps to quickly chill the drink and adds just the right amount of dilution to the finished cocktail.

Ingredients in Long Island Iced Tea

When there are equal parts of five liquors in a cocktail, one liquor should not overpower any of the others. The goal is to achieve balance in the cocktail—even one that packs as much of a punch as the Long Island Iced Tea. To do that, you'll need quality spirits, but not necessarily high-end spirits.

Top shelf bottles, or small-batch artisanal spirits from the local distillery, can be used in this recipe, but their nuances will get lost in the mix. The LIT—as a bar server would call it—is perfectly happy with the tried and true middle shelf brands of these spirits. (Your pocketbook will be, too.)

  • Tequila: Tequila Blanco is an unaged tequila that's also known as silver or white tequila. Espolòn Tequila Blanco and El Jimador Silver Tequila are quality value tequilas that will work well in an LIT.
  • Rum: Captain Morgan White Rum or Bacardi White Rum work really well in a Long Island Iced Tea. They're good rums that don't break the bank.
  • Vodka: An LIT doesn't need your favorite vodka, just a well-made vodka like Tito's Handmade Vodka or New Amsterdam Vodka.
  • Gin: Standards such as Beefeaters or Tangueray are perfect for Long Island Iced Tea, as is New Amsterdam Gin.
  • Triple Sec: Triple Sec is a sweet, orange flavored liqueur. Cointreau is one brand of well-known triple sec, but feel confident using one that has a lower price tag such as DeKuyper. If Grand Marnier is all you have in your liquor cabinet, it's a fine alternative even though it's a blend of cognac and triple sec, not straight triple sec.

How To Make a Single Serving of Long Island Iced Tea

This super-sized cocktail recipe serves 8 to 12 people. If one cocktail is all you want, use 1 tablespoon each of tequila, rum, vodka, gin, and triple sec; 1 1/2 tablespoons each of lemon juice and simple syrup; and about 3 tablespoons of cola.

Variations on Long Island Iced Tea

Texas Tea: Add 1/2 cup of your favorite bourbon. It's best sipped outside while doing absolutely nothing.

Long Beach Tea: Substitute cranberry juice for the cola for a fruitier and more intensely tart version of this cocktail. It's a novel option for backyard cookouts.

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You can buy prepared simple syrup for this recipe, or make it yourself !

To make ahead: Mix the liquors, lemon, and simple syrup from the Long Island Iced Tea ingredients in advance. Right before serving, add the cola and the ice. If you add the cola too soon, it will go flat.


1/2 cup tequila (silver, blanco, or white)

1/2 cup white rum

1/2 cup vodka

1/2 cup gin

1/2 cup triple sec

3/4 cup lemon juice

3/4 cup simple syrup

1 1/2 cups cola

Halved lemon slices , for garnish

Fill a large bowl with ice. Add the tequila, rum, vodka, gin, triple sec, lemon juice, and simple syrup and stir until the mixture is well-chilled.

Finish with a quick, short stir.

Pour individual drinks into highball or hurricane glasses filled with ice. Garnish with lemon wedges. Feel free to top off with an additional splash of cola, if desired.

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The REAL Long Island Iced Tea

There are a few impostors out there that claim to be Long Island Iced Teas. In actuality, there is only one correct way to make a LIIT... and this is it!

One thing must be cleared up about the Long Island Iced Tea straight away: It is living a lie. For starters, it's not entirely clear that it's actually from Long Island. That's debatable. But, folks, it is most assuredly not tea . You will not find a drop of tea in this cocktail. But don't hold that against it. Read on to learn how to make this 5-star recipe for Long Island Iced Tea.

What's In a Long Island Iced Tea?

Some people have asked, does the Long Island iced tea have alcohol in it? Boy does it ever!

The Long Island iced tea is the liquor-cabinet equivalent of what the kids once called a "suicide soda" (a big ol' splash of every drink from the soda fountain into one enormous ice-filled cup). On the face of it, the Long Island Iced tea doesn't seem tenable: Vodka, rum, gin, tequila, triple sec — all mingling in the same cocktail glass, tempered only by a dash of sweet and sour mix and a splash of cola. Sounds like trouble. And obviously it can be.

But it's undisputable, this cocktail proves itself an unlikely success, and a prime example of when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Tossing all of these strong spirits together somehow softens the edges off of each individual spirit. It's a marvel of science, frankly. Somehow this cocktail, seemingly of odds and ends from the liquor cabinet, manages the impossible: it actually tastes good. Very good. So be careful out there, folks.

How to Make Long Island Iced Tea

You'll find the full recipe with all the ingredients and measurements, below, but making a Long Island Iced Tea couldn't be easier. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all the various alcohols plus the sweet and sour mix. Hold aside the cola for now. Cover the cocktail shaker and give it a good shake to let all the spirits mix and chill. The Long Island Iced Tea is typically served in a Collins glass or a hurricane glass over a lot of fresh ice with a big splash of cola poured over the top, which creates that tea-like color. Add a slice of fresh lemon for garnish (and to give it that innocent iced tea look) and enjoy responsibly.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

" This IS the Original and Famous LIIT recipe! You got it so right! " says rwladywolf . "The only thing I do differently is put it all in the Tom Collins glass and then roll it into a shaker and back in the Tom Collins glass and then garnish with lemon!"

" This was plenty strong, and tasted WAY better than what you pick up in a normal bar ," says LazyFoodieGirl . "I know it's not 'authentic' but the first time I made this, we actually didn't have cola on hand, so I subbed with ginger ale, and it was pretty dang good that way too!"

"This is so delicious," raves chicaD . "It somehow seems to cancel out the alcohol taste, and there-in is the rub! You could easily drink these in the same quantities as you would regular iced tea. Don't ."

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½ fluid ounce vodka

½ fluid ounce rum

½ fluid ounce gin

½ fluid ounce tequila

½ fluid ounce triple sec (orange-flavored liqueur)

1 fluid ounce sweet and sour mix

1 fluid ounce cola, or to taste

1 lemon slice

Gather all ingredients.

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Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour vodka, rum, gin, tequila, triple sec, and sour mix over ice; cover and shake.

Pour cocktail into a Collins or hurricane glass; top with splash of cola for color. Garnish with a lemon slice.

Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves!


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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Long Island Iced Tea

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Among the most famous cocktails , Long Island iced tea is at the top of the list. Despite the fact that it contains no tea, this cocktail is as refreshing as a tall glass of iced tea. The taste is surprisingly similar too, but it can pack a punch, and all that alcohol can quickly sneak up on you.

Since every bartender knows the recipe, you can order it pretty much anywhere, and it's simple enough to make at home as long as you have all of the ingredients. Get ready to pour because the recipe requires five white distilled spirits (including triple sec), a shot of sour mix, and cola. Though it's strong, if you use decent-quality ingredients and slip it slowly, you can enjoy this refresher without regrets.

What's a Long Island Iced Tea Made Of?

The Long Island iced tea recipe is a laundry list of spirits and mixers that seemingly should not play well together. But although this drink makes very little sense on paper it tastes remarkably cohesive, with a sweet and tangy flavor and a color that makes it appear very much like tea. Here's what you'll need.

  • Blanco tequila

For the liquors, don't waste your top shelf stuff, but also steer clear of bottom of the barrel booze you wouldn't put in other mixed drinks.

As for the sour mix, feel free to use a good-quality store-bought sour mix or stir together your own homemade sour mix . It'll last for two or three weeks, so it's worth making a big batch if you make lots of cocktails that call for it.

Finally, the cola does a lot of heavy lifting in this drink, providing not only the characteristic tea color but also complex flavor with notes of vanilla, citrus, and spice. Choose a cola with depth of flavor over one that is sickly sweet.

Who Created the Long Island Iced Tea?

The story of Long Island iced tea is as sordid as its ingredient list, and its true origin may be lost to history. One Prohibition-era story credits Charles Bishop, a 1930s moonshiner in then-dry Tennessee. Jump to the 1970s, and credit for the concoction's creation could go to Robert Bott, a bartender from Long Island.

Then there is the tale that the Long Island was an original drink of the T.G.I. Friday's franchise. It is entirely possible that Bishop made the drink and that it was forgotten for a few decades until Bott remade it and gave it the now-famous name. At some point, the restaurant probably caught wind of it and claimed it as their own (this is not unheard of).

Why is the Long Island Iced Tea So Notorious?

The Long Island iced tea is notorious for getting people drunk. The problem is that it's an easy drinker that's often made too strong. Many bartenders (professional and amateur alike) will overpour the liquors. This not only makes the drink stronger, but it also knocks the taste out of balance.

To make a better Long Island iced tea, keep in mind that flavor is more important than potency. In total, this recipe contains 2 1/2 ounces of liquor. While it is on the light end of the Long Island's spectrum, it's still the same as drinking three or four beers.

What's the Difference Between a Long Island Iced Tea and Texas Tea?

To turn a Long Island into a Texas tea , simply add 1/2 ounce bourbon for an even more potent mix. Some people mistakenly refer to this as a Long Island, but whiskey is not included in the original (or accepted) recipe.

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"Truth be told, this cocktail is my guilty pleasure, and this recipe highlights the club classic. The variations are very appropriate. I am in favor of shaking the liquor ingredients with fresh lemon juice and simple syrup, and then floating cola. This recipe recalls the tremendous potential and fun that this cocktail represents." — Sean Johnson


1/2 ounce gin

1/2 ounce light rum

1/2 ounce vodka

1/2 ounce blanco tequila

1/2 ounce triple sec

1 ounce sour mix , store-bought or homemade

1 to 2 ounces cola , to taste

Lemon wedge , for garnish

Steps to Make It

Gather the ingredients.

Pour the gin, rum, vodka, tequila, triple sec, and sour mix into a collins glass filled with ice. Stir well.

Top the glass off with cola.

Garnish with a lemon wedge.

How Strong Is Long Island Iced Tea?

The five liquors make Long Island iced tea seem like a strong drink, but if you do the math, it's not terribly potent compared to other cocktails. When you pour 80-proof liquors, 60-proof triple sec, and top it with 2 ounces of soda, its alcohol content falls in the 16 percent ABV (32 proof) range. That is about the same as a strong rum and Coke and half the strength of a gin martini . Still, as noted above, this recipe is on the lighter end of the Long Island Tea spectrum, and it still has as much alcohol as three or four beers.

Long Island Iced Tea Recipe Variations

When a drink is this famous, there's bound to be many different ways to make it. Some of the most popular variations include:

  • Shake the liquors and sour mix, strain it into a glass with fresh ice, then top it with cola. This approach adds dilution and creates a mellower flavor that's rather pleasant.
  • Skip the sour mix and use 1/2 ounce each of simple syrup and fresh-squeezed lemon juice instead.
  • To make it a bit stronger (without going overboard), try 3/4 ounce each of the four liquors (gin, light rum, vodka, and blanco tequila) and 1/2 ounce each of triple sec, lemon juice, and simple syrup (or 1 ounce sour mix for the last two). This version has a total of 3 3/4 ounces of liquor and an alcohol content of 20 percent ABV (40 proof).

The Long Island also inspired many other "iced tea" cocktails over the years. They're all made the same way and simply replace an ingredient or two:

  • Long Beach iced tea : Contains everything in the Long Island, but the ​cola is replaced with cranberry juice.
  • Miami iced tea :  Peach schnapps replaces the tequila, and lemon-lime is the soda of choice.
  • Hawaiian iced tea :  This drink is topped with pineapple juice instead of soda.
  • Electric iced tea :  Blue curaçao replaces the triple sec, and the recipe uses lemon-lime soda to create a brilliant blue drink.

How To Make Long Island Iced Teas for a Crowd

To make a large batch of Long Island Iced Teas for a party, follow these steps:

  • Multiply each ingredient in the cocktail by the number of servings you want to make.
  • Use the resulting numbers to help you figure out how many bottles of each ingredient you'll need to buy. Remember that alcohol is usually sold in 750mL bottles. 750mL is approximately 25 1/4 ounces.
  • Once you have your ingredients, measure them out, except for the cola, according to the math you did in Step 1.
  • Mix the ingredients together, place in a serving vessel, and chill well.
  • For each cocktail, measure out 3 1/2 ounces of the batched cocktail and pour over ice.
  • Top off each cocktail with cola to preserve its effervescence.
  • Garnish and serve.

Read more about how to batch cocktails here.

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This infamous drink reached the height of its popularity in the early 1980s and by 1985 The New York Times reported, " A potent alcoholic drink called Long Island Iced Tea is sweeping the Island's bars as well as watering spots across the country. " Of the many stories surrounding its origin, perhaps the most credible attributes its creation to the 1970s , perhaps 1972, by Robert "Rosebud" Butt at Oak Beach Inn in Babylon, New York. This area of New York State is known as Long Island and the drink resembles an iced tea, so disguising its alcoholic contents – a fact that has many claiming its true origins go back to Prohibition .

One serving of Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail contains 208 calories .

Alcohol content:

  • 2.5 units of alcohol
  • 12.68% alc./vol. (25.36° proof)
  • 20.3 grams of pure alcohol

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Long Island iced tea

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Mix a jug of this classic cocktail for a summer party. It's made with equal parts of vodka, gin, tequila, rum and triple sec, plus lime, cola and plenty of ice

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  • 50ml vodka, vanilla vodka works well
  • 50ml Gordon's London Dry Distilled Gin
  • 50ml reposado tequila
  • 50ml triple sec
  • 50-100ml fresh lime juice
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges

Pour the vodka, Gordon’s London Dry Distilled Gin, tequila, rum and triple sec into a large (1.5l) jug, and add lime juice to taste. Half fill the jug with ice, then stir until the outside feels cold.

Add the cola then stir to combine. Drop in the lime wedges.

Fill 4 tall glasses with more ice cubes and pour in the iced tea.

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Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients  .

  • 22.5 mL Vodka 0.75 oz
  • 22.5 mL Gin 0.75 oz
  • 22.5 mL White Rum 0.75 oz
  • 22.5 mL Blanco Tequila 0.75 oz
  • 22.5 mL Triple Sec 0.75 oz
  • 22.5 mL Sour Mix 0.75 oz
  • Dash of Cola


  • 1 Part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Part Simple Syrup

Long Island Iced Tea:

  • Combine all the ingredients to your cocktail shaker (except cola)
  • Shake with ice
  • Strain over fresh ice into a high ball glass
  • Top with a dash of cola
  • Garnish with a slice of lime or lemon

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