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Long Island Iced Tea

The Long Island Iced Tea is one of the all-time greats. It’s a stealth drink, like the Zombie. It goes down so easy, the high alcohol content sneaks up on you. It’s also a great drink to make as a big batch and serve at parties.

Summertime is an ideal time to serve the Long Island Iced Tea, because its taste is reminiscent of iced tea even though there’s no tea in it at all.

The Long Island Iced Tea features cola, all the white liquors, Triple Sec and lemon juice. It mostly tastes like a cola with orange and lemon juice added.

But with three ounces of liquors plus a liqueur in this drink, it can sneak up on you. You don’t taste it so much when you’re drinking it, so it can sneak up on you.

Long Island Iced Tea drink with lemon

Honestly, there is no reason why this drink needs four different white liquors. If you’ve had one of these cocktails sneak up on you and embarrass you in the past, feel absolutely free to revise the recipe.

It’s not as if you can taste whether it has any tequila, gin or rum in it – and you certainly can’t taste the vodka. So pick your favorite of the white liquors, toss in one and a half ounces of it, and that makes it into a more or less standard cocktail.

Long Island Iced Tea Drink Recipe
Yield: 1 drink

Long Island Iced Tea Drink Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The Long Island Iced Tea tastes like cola with lemon and orange flavoring added, but it hides a powerful wallop of alcohol that can sneak up on you. This drink is delicious and refreshing, but don't plan on driving anytime soon after consuming one.


  • 3/4 ounce vodka
  • 3/4 ounce white rum
  • 3/4 ounce white tequila
  • 3/4 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce Triple Sec
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Cola to taste (about 1/2 cup)
  • Lemon wedges


  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, rum, tequila, gin, Triple Sec, and lemon juice.
  3. Shake it vigorously until the shaker gets frosty on the outside.
  4. Pour into a highball glass and top it off with cola.
  5. Garnish with lemon wedges or drop some lemon rounds into it, and serve.

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