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Long Island Iced Tea: The Drink With All The BOOZE

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A Long Island Iced Tea is a drink that is very popular due to it’s amount of alcohol content and refreshing tea flavors. Most people order this drink with the sole intention of trying to drunk quickly, which avoids having to drink several drinks to get to the same point.

You’ll find that this drink is quite easy to drink due to it’s sugary content (sweet and sour, coke) and it will sneak up on your later from all the alcohol that is in it. so be prepared!

Little History

So this drink is actually based of a prohibition era drink called the “Old Man Bishop“, which contains Whiskey and maple syrup. The modern day Long Island Iced Tea has evolved into just all clear spirits with freshly made sweet & sour.

The prohibition was believe to have been created with the same intention of the Long Island Iced Tea, which is to basically throw all the booze, add a bit a sweetness to make everything palatable.

It started to become more popular in the early 1970’s and is still very popular today. Most new or younger drinkers tend to fall back on the Long Island Iced Tea when ordering at a bar simply because it’s very well known and has lots of alcohol.

There have also been many variations off the drink as well and we’ll list them down below.

Craft Process

So you’re going to need some tools and glassware to get started. Here is quick list.

  • Mixing Spoon (optional)
  • Highball Glass
  • Jigger

1. Add Ice to High Ball Glass

Fill the high glass all the way to top with ice.

2. Add 1/2 oz of All The Clear Spirits

Now you’re going to need Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila, Triple sec for the based spirits. Also, make sure to have all clear spirits versus having dark and clear mixed together (bad combination for a morning headache).

You can use all the lower end spirits because you’re really not going to taste anything with all the alcohol, sour and splash of coke in it.However, you can make it with higher end spirits if you prefer, which is completely up to you. Our recipe calls for only 1/2 oz of each spirit, but you can always kick it up to 1 oz or more.

long island iced tea - clear spirits

3. Fill with Sweet & Sour, Splash Coke

Now you’re going to fill the glass with sweet & sour. We prefer you to make you’re own sweet & sour mix, especially if you’re making this fabulous drink at home. Otherwise, you can buy the store made version of it but we aware that you’ll be getting more of the syrupy base stuff.

long island iced tea - sweet and sour

Then you’ll want to add a splash of coke, just enough to give the drink that nice iced tea coloration.

4. Mix, Garnish, Insert Straw

The drink is normally considered a “build drink”, which means you craft it the drink from the bottom up and not mix it at the end. Once you insert the straw, the coke and sour should head downwards into the drink, giving it a small mingle. However, you can use a mixing spoon and have it mingled thoroughly.

Completely up to you!

Garnish with a lemon wedge or lemon wheel, insert straw and enjoy!


Drink Variations

Here are some variations of the drink you might like to check out. This is the more popular versions listed below

  • Long Beach Iced Tea
  • Tokyo Tea
  • Adios Motherfucker

This list variations that aren’t as popular

  • Texas Tea
  • Californian Tea
  • Hawaiian Tea
  • Caribbean Tea


Before making this drink, here are some summarized bullet points on the information above and some small bits of interesting information you should know about the drink. After all, knowing a bit about the drink your going to craft and taste makes the experience that much better.

If anybody ask, at least you can recall some cool facts or tips about the popular Long Island Iced Tea drink.

  • Long Island Iced Tea actually has no tea in it at all (see recipe)
  • Based on a prohibition drink called the “Old Man Bishop”, which contained Whiskey and maple syrup in the recipe.
  • Recipe claimed by Robert Butt as the original creator, invented for a cocktail competition.
  • Some bartenders don’t add tequila because they find it unnecessary, but the recipe does call for tequila
  • You normally build the drink, but you can mix the drink with a stirring spoon or even give it a roll.

There you have it. If you have some additional cool additional information about the Long Island Iced Tea. Leave it in the comment section below!

Long Island Iced Tea

A delicious cocktail with all clear spirits. It's a drink that is called an iced tea but is made without ice tea actually being in it! 

Keyword long island iced tea, iced tea, vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1 Person


  • 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Rum
  • 1/2 oz Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • Fill Sweet & Sour Fill with sweet & sour, leave room on top for splash of coke
  • Splash Coke Splash of coke on top


  1. Add Ice into a Collins glass

  2. Add all the clear spirits

  3. Fill with sweet & sour, leave room on top for splash of coke

  4. Garnish with a lemon wedge/wheel, insert straw.

  5. Enjoy!

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