Long Island Ice Tea: the Most Dangerous Cocktail

  • 28th September 2021

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Alcoholic mixes are extremely popular. They are an indispensable attribute of club life, companions of various places of rest, obligatory participants of in-home parties. Due to the variability of the consistency and the variety of ingredients, they are available not only to men but also to the liking of girls.


The classic and well-known mix contains five strong drinks in equal proportions:

  • vodka;
  • tequila;
  • rum;
  • triple sec;
  • gin.

Lemon juice and cola are also added. The result is strong enough, which makes it the most dangerous. This cocktail is a real fire strike. It seems that you can enjoy it endlessly, but intoxication always comes unexpectedly.

How to Make?

It is prepared very simply and without a shaker. The technology consists of five stages:

  1. Fill a tall glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add gin, vodka, rum, tequila, liquor, juice, and cola alternately.
  3. Stir all ingredients with a spoon.
  4. Garnish the cocktail with a slice of lemon or a cherry on top.
  5. Serve with a straw.

Where Did the Name Come From?

The name was not immediately formed, initially it was called simply by the name of the first inhabited island in the harbor of New York, the first residential center in the city. The second part of the name — ice tea — reflects the color and taste of the mix.

Indeed, in taste and smell, it is very similar to iced tea. This is precisely its danger — it is incredibly strong, but with a harmless taste.

There are two versions of the origin:

  • The first one is quite common, but it is erroneous.  According to it, the mix appeared in the United States during the years of “Prohibition”. Since it resembled iced tea, it was very easy to disguise it.
  • However, there is documentary evidence that the mix first appeared in the 1970s and its author is Chris Bendix, the bartender of a nightclub in Smithtown, located in New York.


The local play has contributed to the popularity of the drink. Its rules were as follows: walk from beginning to end on a particular street, without missing a single bar. Moreover, in every drinking establishment, you need to taste a glass of alcohol. The victory was given to those who came to the finish line with their feet. The bartenders, to keep the client at their place, were cunning by serving this soft, but very unpredictable position to the visitors.

A Variety of Classic Cocktail Options

Each of these options is interesting. As a rule, one or several components change at once:

  • Alaska — soft ingredients are changed by Blue Curacao.
  • Long Island Peach — Tequila is replaced by peach-flavored schnapps.
  • Long Beach — Cranberry juice is used.
  • Tokyo — tequila gives way to melon liqueur, and Cola is replaced by lemonade.

The Long Island Ice Tea is one of the most popular choices in the world, second only to Martini and Bloody Mary in fame. It is considered the most dangerous of all mixes (28% alcohol).

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