Long Island Iced Tea
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Long Island Iced Tea
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4.97 / 5
The Long Island Ice Tea is a classic cocktail characterized by its deceptive potency and refreshing taste, despite a hefty mix of spirits. A medley of white rum, gin, tequila, ... more The Long Island Ice Tea is a classic cocktail characterized by its deceptive potency and refreshing taste, despite a hefty mix of spirits. A medley of white rum, gin, tequila, vodka, and a hint of Cointreau, it is balanced with the tang of lemon juice and the sweetness of sugar syrup. The inclusion of cola not only contributes to the drink's iconic appearance—resembling a non-alcoholic iced tea—but also adds a familiar, effervescent flavor that complements the complexity of the spirits. Traditionally served in a highball glass, the Long Island Ice Tea is a favorite for those who enjoy a cocktail that packs a punch while remaining pleasantly palatable.
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(1972)
Base ingredient
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White rum
Garnish
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Lemon
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12% | 3.6 units *
Details
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Classic
Stirred

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Long Island Iced Tea is a true juggernaut in the cocktail world, blending a multitude of spirits from white rum to vodka with a masterful balance that belies its strength. The sharpness of lemon juice interplays elegantly with the sweetness of sugar syrup and cola, creating a refreshing concoction that expertly masks its high alcohol content while delightfully tickling the taste buds.

Method
How to make a Long Island Iced Tea

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients into a highball glass with ice and top up with coke
Stir gently
Garnish with a lemon slice and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Highball  ·  Stir  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

FAQ

Why is it called Long Island Iced Tea?

Long Island Iced Tea is named after the American East Coast's Long Island, not because it contains tea, but because its appearance closely resembles that of iced tea. The cocktail's origin is often disputed, but it's believed to have been invented in the 1970s by a bartender named Robert 'Rosebud' Butt during a contest to create a new mixed drink with triple sec.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute any of the spirits in a Long Island Iced Tea?

While the traditional recipe includes five types of spirits (vodka, tequila, rum, gin, and Cointreau), substitutions can alter the flavor, making it a variant of the original. For example, using a flavored vodka or spiced rum can give a unique twist, but for the authentic taste of a Long Island Iced Tea, it's best to stick to the classic recipe.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of occasions is Long Island Iced Tea best suited for?

Long Island Iced Tea is a strong, high-alcohol content cocktail that's popularly served at parties, bars, and summer gatherings. Its refreshing quality makes it ideal for hot weather occasions, casual get-togethers, and is particularly favored for its potent mix providing a quicker intoxication.

FAQ

Is Long Island Iced Tea a strong drink?

Yes, Long Island Iced Tea is considered a strong drink due to its high alcohol content, coming from a potent mix of five different spirits. Despite its deceptive sweetness and similarity in appearance to iced tea, it packs a significant punch and should be consumed responsibly.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

How can I make a non-alcoholic version of a Long Island Iced Tea?

To make a non-alcoholic version of a Long Island Iced Tea, you can substitute the alcoholic ingredients with non-alcoholic spirits or use a combination of teas (like black or peach tea) and lemonade to mimic the original flavors. Adding a splash of cola will give it the characteristic color and a hint of the original taste.

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