Long Island Iced Tea

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Long Island Iced Tea

A Long Island Iced Tea is a cocktail typically made with Tequila, Vodka, light Rum, Triple Sec, Gin, and a splash of Cola.


It might not actually contain tea, but at least the Long Island part of the name is accurate. This spring break favorite from America is fairly young as cocktails go; it’s only been around since the 70’s. Rosebud Butt, a bartender at the Oak Beach Inn in Hampton Bays, invented the drink in 1976, so if you ever need to find a patron saint of terrible hangovers and nights spent falling off of bar stools, Rosebud may be your man.

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. The drink was then perfected by Ransom Bishop, Old Man Bishop’s son. This drink included whiskey and maple syrup, and varied quantities of the five liquors, rather than the modern one with cola and five equal portions of the five liquors.

The drink has a much higher alcohol concentration (approximately 22 percent) than most highball drinks due to the relatively small amount of mixer. You have been warned!

How to make one yourself

1 part Vodka
1 part Light Rum
1 part Gin
1 part Tequila
1 part Triple Sec
1 part Sour Mix
Splash of Cola
Lime slice for garnish

• Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
• Pour equal parts of Vodka, Light Rum, Gin, Tequila, Triple Sec and Sour Mix over ice
• Cover and shake
• Pour cocktail into a tall glass and top with splash of cola for color
• Garnish with a lime slice