Long Island Iced Tea

The Long Island Iced Tea (LIIT) 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. The drink sits in the top 5 of most popular cocktails and is regularly mentioned or seen served in television and films (worthy mentions are The Simpsons, Sex and the City and Cruel Intentions).

  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) vodka
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) gin
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) light rum
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) tequila
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) triple sec or Cointreau
  • 1 oz (30 ml) lime juice or lemon juice (fresh is best)
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) simple syrup or gomme syrup
  • Splash of cold cola
  • 1 1/2 oz (45 ml) sweet and sour mix or lime cordial instead of lime juice and simple syrup (optional)
  • Lemon wedge garnish
  • Broken ice or ice cubes for glass, ice cubes for shaker

  • Garnish : Lemon wedge
    Glass : Highball or hurricane

  • Fill a highball or hurricane glass with ice cubes.
  • In a shakes add ice, and all ingredients except cola.
  • Shake the ingredients one or two times to barely mix them or shake vigorously for about five seconds. Strain into the glass.
  • Top it with a splash of cola.
  • Garnish with a lemon wedge. Serve.

  • Tips

  • If a cocktail shaker is not available, pour the ingredients except the cola into the ice-filled glass, stir, then top off with the cola.
  • You can substitute cola with cranberry juice and you will have a Long Beach Iced tea instead.
  • Leave out the cola and use lemonade instead for Long Island lemonade.
  • The tequila can be omitted if desired.

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