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How to make a Long Island Iced Tea

Vodka, gin, rum, tequila, orange liqueur, lemon and cola.

Refreshing and strong

Known as a lethal combination, this infamous cocktail is surprisingly tasty when well-balanced

There are several claimants to the title of creator when it comes to any cocktail as infamous as the Long Island Iced Tea but perhaps the most reputable in this case is Robert Butt.

“While I was tending bar at the infamous Oak Beach Inn...I participated in a Cocktail creating contest.  Triple Sec had to be included, and the bottles started flying.  My concoction was an immediate hit and quickly became the house drink at the OBI,” Robert says.

From the Oak Beach Inn the drink quickly spread over Long Island and soon conquered the world. Although it contains no iced tea whatsoever the cocktail looks alarmingly similar to the non-alcoholic beverage popular across the States, prompting some to claim the drink may have origins in Prohibition before Robert Butt made it famous.

Make It At Home:

Prep Time: 5 minutes   |   Serves: 1   |   Skill: Easy

15ml vodka   |   15ml gin   |   15ml white rum   |   15ml blanco tequila   |   15ml triple sec   |   15ml fresh lemon juice   |   10ml sugar syrup   |   Top with cola   |   Cubed ice to shake   |   Cubed ice to serve   |   1 lemon wedge

Cocktail shaker   |   Hawthorne strainer   |   Collins glass

1. Pour the vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, sugar and lemon juice into one half of your cocktail shaker
2. Fill this with ice
3. Cover and shake well until thoroughly chilled
4. Fill a collins glass with ice
5. Strain your shaker into the collins glass over the ice
6. Top with cola
7. Garnish with a lemon wedge