The Long Island Iced Tea is the basis of many elaborate mixed-drinks. It dates to the 70’s, named after the continental USA’s largest island Long Island, in New York. Although it doesn’t contain tea, it’s taste is similar. Made with tequila, vodka, light rum, triple sec, gin, and a splash of cola, which gives the drink the same amber hue as its namesake. There is some dispute as to the origin of the Long Island Iced Tea. However, numerous sources attribute the origin to one or both of two inventors in the 1920s or 1970s. The Long Island Iced Tea appears in literature as early as 1961.


12.5ml/0.4oz Vodka
12.5ml/0.4oz White Rum
12.5ml/0.4oz Blanco Tequila
12.5ml/0.4oz Gin
12.5ml/o.4oz Triple Sec
12.5ml/0.4oz Lemon Juice
Splash of Coke


Lemon Wheel or Lemon Wedge


Step 1: Fill your glass to around 2/3s of coke or just above half.
Step 2: Add all spirits and lemon juice into your Boston/Manhattan cocktail shaker and shake.
Step 3: Strain your ingredients from your shaker on to an ice cube or spoon slowly to create a white layer.
Step 4: Garnish with either a lemon wheel or a lemon wedge.


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