long island iced tea garnished with a lemon
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Long Island Iced Tea Recipe; Perfecting the Long Island Iced Tea

Ahhh… The Long Island Iced Tea. The drink of five spirits some may call it. This is an American classic featuring five clear spirits and a splash of cola to make it look like tea. This drink packs one heck of a punch all the while not sacrificing a wonderful taste. The Daily Drink Presents to you: The Long Island Iced Tea.

What You’re Going to Need:

  • Vodka (we recommend Grey Goose)
  • Gin (We recommend Bombay Saphire)
  • Blanco Tequila (We Recommend Don Julio)
  • White Rum (We recommend Rhum JM Agricole Blanc 40)
  • Triple Sec (We recommend Cointreau)
  • Sour Mix (See recipe notes and FAQs)
  • Cola (Either Coca Cola or Pepsi)
  • Lemon or lime to garnish.
perfect long island iced tea garnished with a lime

Long Island Iced Tea Recipe

Delicious Long Island Iced Tea cocktail Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: alcohol recipes, alcoholic drink, booze, Icedtea, Island, Long
Servings: 1
Calories: 211kcal
Cost: $5


  • Highball Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker


  • 3/4 oz Vodka
  • 3/4 oz Gin
  • 3/4 oz Blanco Tequila
  • 3/4 oz White Rum
  • 3/4 oz Triple Sec
  • 3/4 oz Sour Mix Simple Syrup and Lemon Juice (equal parts)
  • Cola To top the drink.


  • 1 Wedge Lemon Or lime


  • Put Highball glass in the freezer to chill.
  • Fill Highball glass halfway with cubed ice.
  • Add all ingredients into the shaker and briefly shake hard
    bartender mixing a cocktail using a shaker over top of a prep table
  • Add cola to top to your liking
  • Garnish with a lemon slice and serve.
    long island iced tea garnished with a lemon



Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin C: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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Recipe Notes and FAQs

The drink is extremely potent – What should I do? The beauty of this recipe is that it is parts based. Feel free to reduce the 3/4 oz of each spirit down to a half-ounce. You could even up the potency by upping the anti – 1 oz per spirit. Be sure to adjust the sour mix by the same amount.

Grey Goose is very expensive – Is there a different vodka I could use? At The Daily Drink, we want your drinks to taste like perfection, we have found grey goose to be our favorite vodka due to its smooth taste. That being said it is definitely not the only vodka fitting for this drink. We would also like to recommend “Absolut Vodka” as a cheaper alternative. The Long Island Iced Tea has many spirits that combine beautifully into one strong flavor.

Sour Mix – Sour mix is made up of equal parts simple syrup, lemon, and lime juice. Pre-made and mixed versions can also be purchased online, here.

Note: This drink does not contain any form of Tea, It only looks like Tea.

History of the Long Island Iced Tea

During the prohibition era in the United Staes of America, a man by the name of Charles “Old Man” Bishop of Long Island, Tennessee created a drink named after himself, the “Old Man Bishop”. The Old Man Bishop was said to be very similar to the Long Island Iced Tea we know and love today. Instead of using triple sec, Bishop used whiskey in his recipe, and he added in a little maple syrup. His son later refined this recipe and it gained some popularity, it was then featured in a Betty Crocker cookbook in 1961.

Recipe Size Conversion

Do you want to make this cocktail for a party or event? We have you covered. This calculator will tell you how many millilitres you need for every ingredient. All you need to do is type the number of litres that you would like to make in total.

Another Way To Enjoy This Drink:

This version uses more syrup/liqueur and has a lighter punch than regular long island iced teas.

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