Long Island Iced Tea is not what it sounds like. Altho it might seem like an iced tea, its equal parts Vodka, White Rum, Gin, Tequila, Orange Liqueur, a bit of sweet n sour, and a dash of coca-cola. I know… and not a drop of tea in it. Cold and refreshing, just like any iced tea, but with some consequences, if you’re not careful. It’s the type of drink you either hate or love for what happens after a few. Perfect party drink and a must-try. Just don’t forget about the 5 spirits inside, which can make your morning very difficult.
As for the origin of this boozy concoction, there are different claims. Robert “Rosebud” Butt says he created at the “Oak Beach Inn” in 1970, in the town of Babylon, New York. (also known as Long Island). Other claims go back to 1920 and the Prohibition in the US. According to that story, the place was Tennessee in 1920 and the creator of the cocktail was “Old Man Bishop” and his son later perfected the recipe. The thing about this story is that it wasn’t the same cocktail. This one included whiskey and maple syrup. And also where was it for the next 50 years? Either way, Long Island is relatively new, but among the most famous cocktails in the world. And for a reason.
Ingredients for Long Island Iced Tea:
- ½ Ounce (15 ml) of Vodka
- ½ Ounce (15 ml) of Gin
- ½ Ounce (15 ml) of White Rum
- ½ Ounce (15 ml) of Tequila
- ½ Ounce (15 ml) of Cointreau / Triple sec
- ⅔ of an Ounce (25 ml) of fresh Lime juice
- ⅔ of an Ounce (25 ml) of Simple syrup
- Top up with Coca-cola
- Garnish with a Lime wedge or wheel.
Way of making Long Island Iced Tea:
For the best presentation:
- Put all ingredients (vodka, gin, rum, Orange liqueur, simple syrup, and lime juice) into a shaker.
- Fill it with ice and shake hard.
- Strain it into a Highball or a Collins glass filled with ice.
- Slowly top up with Coca-cola so it forms a layer.
- Garnish enjoy.