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Long Island Iced Tea


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  1. Add ice to tall glass before pouring over tequila, vodka, rum, gin, triple sec and sweet and sour.
  2. Top with a splash of cola and garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig.

Tools & Glasses

Pint Glass

More about the Long Island Iced Tea

Here’s another classic cocktail recipe you can order at just about any bar: It’s the Long Island Iced Tea. If you’re making it at home though, prepare to raid the liquor cabinet, ’cause this tall tasty drink contains tequila, vodka, white rum, gin, and triple sec. All of that is mixed with some sweet and sour and a splash of cola, plus a lime wheel and mint sprig for some extra Long Island Iced Tea drink recipe delight. In regards to where this potent, iconic drink comes from, that starts with a man named Robert “Rosebud” Butt. Mr. Butt says he invented the Long Island Iced Tea for a contest in 1972 while he was working at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island, New York. As with all great inventions, however, there is some dispute over whether or not Butt actually created the first Long Island Iced Tea cocktail recipe. According to Wikipedia, “a slightly different drink is claimed to have been invented in the 1920s during Prohibition in the United States by an “Old Man Bishop” in a local community named Long Island in Kingsport, Tennessee.” That drink included whiskey, maple syrup, and the five different types of alcohol now used in the classic Long Island Iced Tea recipe. If you want to make up your own mind as to whether or not Butt’s claim to the Long Island is genuine, you can listen to the man himself in this YouTube video — we think he sounds trustworthy. For lovers of the Long Island Iced Tea, here are some other Long Island Iced Tea variations that are just as delicious and potent: the Japanese Long Island Iced Tea, the Blue Jamaican Long Island Iced Teatt, the Blue Long Island, the Peach Long Island Iced Tea, and the Poor Man’s Long Island Iced Tea.