Long Island Iced Tea Recipe

The Long Island Iced Tea has a strong and flavorful taste; it is a potent combination of many alcohols and mixers. Some people may recall the iced tea taste when referring to its name, but the fun fact is that it gets its name from its appearance. When mixed, it looks like classic iced tea.

The Long Island Iced Tea has many stories about its origin. But the most common belief is that it first appeared in the 1970s; the bartender Robert “Rosebud,” who lived at the Oak Beach Inn in Hampton Bays, Long Island, New York, created it to develop a mixed drink using Triple Sec.

The cocktail became popular in the years 1970 and 1980. It was one of the trendy and potent cocktails at that time, a mixture of strong liquor but a deceptive resemblance to iced tea. Until now, it has been a staple in bars and restaurants worldwide.

Throughout many years, the drink has evolved with many variations. Still, the bartenders always put its basic concept first: multiple spirits combine sweet and sour mix and top it with cola.

Long Island Iced Recipe

Long island iced tea

Long Island Iced Recipe

The Long Island Iced Tea is a beloved and iconic cocktail with intense flavors and high alcohol content that can be sweet, tart, and boozy, all at the same time. It's easy to prepare and has a flavor profile that everyone enjoys. Refer to the article below to make a delicious Long Island Iced Tea on your own!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1 drink


  • Highball glass
  • Jigger or measuring tools
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Spoon for stirring


  • 1/2 ounce Vodka 15 ml
  • 1/2 ounce White Rum 15 ml
  • 1/2 ounce Gin 15 ml
  • 1/2 ounce Blanco Tequila 15 ml
  • 1/2 ounce Triple Sec or Orange Liqueur 15 ml
  • 3/4 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice 22 ml
  • 3/4 ounce Simple Syrup 22 ml
  • Cola
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon slice optional


  • Pour the spirits into the glass over the ice with the right amount below by using a jigger or measuring tools: Vodka, White Rum, Gin, Blanco Tequila, Triple Sec or Orange Liqueur
    1/2 ounce Vodka, 1/2 ounce White Rum, 1/2 ounce Gin, 1/2 ounce Blanco Tequila, 1/2 ounce Triple Sec or Orange Liqueur, 3/4 ounce Simple Syrup
  • Add 3/4 (22ml) ounces of fresh lemon juice and the same amount of simple syrup to the glass.
    3/4 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Gently stir the mixture with the prepared spoon
  • Fill the glass with cola; this step helps to give the appearance of iced tea.
  • For more citrus flavor and an appealing visual for the drink, garnish it with a lemon slice or wedge. Your cocktail is now ready for savor!
    Lemon slice, Ice cubes



Pro Tips for Success:

  • Choose high-quality spirits that significantly impact the taste of the cocktail.
  • Accurate in measuring the ingredients. The right proportions of spirit, lemon juice, and simple syrup will give you the best result.
  • Use simple syrup that is well-dissolved. You can do it by mixing sugar and water, heating until the sugar dissolves, and then letting it cool.
  • Fresh lemon juice is always better than sour mix bought from the store, which adds a bright and tangy flavor to the drink.
Keyword Long Island Iced Recipe

How does Long Island Iced Tea taste?

The Long Island Iced Tea is the harmonious combination of sweetness, citrusy, alcoholic, orange flavor, and the base of coca. The simple syrup with a sugary sweetness goes well with the lemon juice’s tartness. The strong alcohol mixture of vodka, rum, gin, tequila, and triple sec. The orange flavor comes from the triple sec or orange liqueur, further enhancing the citrus notes from the lemon juice. The cola, which gives the cocktail its dark color, making it look like iced tea, mellowed the intensity of the multiple spirits, creating a well-balanced taste.

How much alcohol does a Long Island Iced Tea have?

With the multiple types of spirits, it’s no wonder Long Island Iced Tea has high alcohol content. One cocktail glass typically contains about 1.5 to 2 ounces (45 to 60 ml) of pure alcohol. However, the exact amount of alcohol can vary based on the recipe, the brand name, and the amount used. It’s worth noting that you should consume it responsibly.

Interestingly, the cocktail taste can vary based on the ratio and brands of alcohol you are using, making it a relatively adventurous choice for those who enjoy experimenting with the mixture of liquor flavors in one drink. And now it’s time to have your own Long Island Iced Tea!