Long Island Iced Tea

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Long Island Iced Tea

This is a popular mixed drink that should be in everyone’s drink repertoire. An easy way to remember how to make a Long Island Iced Tea is to think of a small shot of 5 white spirits (gin, tequila, light rum, vodka, and triple sec), a shot of sour mix, fill with cola. It’s really easy if you break it down, but it is also just as easy to drink too many of this highly alcoholic drink.

The 1970’s credit for this potent and alluring concoction could go to Robert Bott, a bartender from Long Island, or to Charles Bishop, a 1930’s moonshiner in (then dry) Tennessee.


  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 1/2 ounce light rum
  • 1/2 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce tequila
  • 1 ounce sour mix
  • Cola
  • Lemon wedge for garnish
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail


  1. Pour the spirits and sour mix into a collins glass with ice.
  2. Stir well or shake.
  3. Top the glass off with cola.
  4. Garnish with the lemon wedge.