How to Make Long Island Iced Tea

There's nothing like treating yourself to a cocktail by the pool on a sweltering day. Our pick of the season? The Long Island iced tea!

During summer, a light, thirst-quenching cocktail is always welcome. But sometimes the occasion calls for a drink that’s a tad bit stronger! The Long Island iced tea is right for the job. It’s boozy but balanced, and despite the variety of spirits, the Long Island is delicious and easy to drink.

What Is a Long Island Iced Tea?

The Long Island is a highball cocktail, a hefty concoction consisting of not two, not three, but four different spirits. If mixing vodka, tequila, gin and rum makes you wary, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that the Long Island is, in truth, pretty good. The addition of sour mix, Triple Sec and cola takes the bite out of the booziness. The best part is that it’s as easy to make as it is to drink.

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How to Make a Long Island Iced Tea

This recipe makes one cocktail, so plan to double the ingredients if you’re making drinks for two.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1-1/4 cups ice cubes
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 to 1 ounce tequila
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce light rum, like Bacardi
  • 1 ounce sour mix
  • 1 ounce Triple Sec
  • 1/2 ounce cola

Have you heard about a New England Iced Tea? It uses cranberry juice instead of cola.

Instructions

Step 1: Pour over ice

For a single serving of this tasty drink, place the ice in a Collins or highball glass. (It looks like this.) Pour all ingredients except the cola into the glass.

Step 2: Top it off with cola

Top the drink off with some cola and give it a quick stir with a barspoon, like this one. Garnish with lemon, if desired.

Can I Make Long Islands for a Crowd?

Yes! To make Long Islands for the whole group, first break out a pitcher or large punch bowl. You’ll need the same ingredients and will want to follow the same steps. Just multiply each ingredient by the number of drinks you plan to make. For 10 Long Islands, you’ll need 10 ounces of vodka, and so on. Cheers to summer!

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Camille Berry
Part of the third generation in a family of restaurateurs, Camille was born with a passion for cooking and food. She embarked on a career in hospitality where she excelled as a sommelier and wine director. This hospitality experience has given her a wealth of first-hand knowledge about how to pair all manner of drinks with food—plus some serious kitchen skills. These days, she's hung up her wine key in favor of a pen and covers all aspects of food and drink.