Classic American Cocktails: Long Island Iced Tea

The Long Island Iced Tea became popular in the 1970s and remains a popular drink today. It’s thought that the drink was first created at a bar on Long Island in the early 1970s. High in alcohol, this cocktail comes with severe morning after red flags and alcohol awareness warnings.

Vital Long Island Ingredients

  • 30ml/1fl oz Russian or Polish vodka
  • 30ml/1fl oz Cork or London dry gin
  • 30ml/1fl oz light rum, we used Bacardi
  • 30ml/1fl oz orange liqueur (Triple Sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
  • 30ml/1fl oz Tequila reposado or blanco
  • 45ml/1.5fl oz Sweet and Sour Mix
  • Cola, to top up

No Sweet and Sour mix? Use the following 3 ingredients as a better alternative:

  • 15ml/½fl oz fresh lemon juice
  • 15ml/½fl oz freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp sugar syrup

To Garnish

A lemon wedge or segment

Serves Two

Preparation Method

Place all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice and shake hard.

Strain the cocktail equally into two tall glasses, top up with cola and garnish with a lemon segment or wedge.

Red Flag – Alcohol Awareness Warning

This Long Island Iced Tea recipe provides a strong alcoholic drink which is to be sipped very slowly.

Long Island Iced Tea Facts & Figures – Loved in Wyoming during the Pandemic

According to the latest Google Trends research, March 2020 to March 2021, people used cocktails to cheer themselves up during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Those locked down at home, searched Google for “Long Island Iced Tea”, “Long Island Iced Tea cocktail”, and other cocktails that you can easily make at home, and the number of such searches massively increased in the USA over the past year.

Out of all of the 50 American states, one state favored Long Island Iced Tea above all other cocktails. The drink made with orange liqueur and vodka was found to be the most popular with stay at home drinkers in Wyoming.