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Long Beach Iced Tea Cocktail Recipe

Jun 17, 2018 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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We are all probably familiar with the Long Island Iced Tea, as it is arguably the most popular “tea-themed” cocktail in the world. However, it’s only right that the West Coast have their own response to the famous East Coast cocktail.

Enter: the Long Beach Iced Tea. The cranberry juice involved in the Long Beach Iced Tea gives it a sunny and tropical vibe that is synonymous with California, and so it only right that a California city that also has “Long” in the title be the answer to the New England happy hour favorite.


  • ½ ounce of vodka
  • ½ ounce of light rum
  • ½ ounce of tequila
  • ½ ounce of gin
  • ½ ounce of triple sec
  • 1 ounce of sour mix
  • 2 ounces of cranberry juice


  1. Build the ingredients into a Collins glass.
  2. Stir well.


  • Collins glass

The beauty of a Long Beach Iced Tea is that it is 5 liquors at its base, all requiring the same amount: a half ounce. The drink also doesn’t require any sort of straining or muddling, just a simple stir. Because of this, it may be a good decision to not use your top-shelf liquor, as the tastes may be drowned out by both the sour mix and the cranberry juice. This is why long beach iced tea is more of a “party” option, where you can mix a whole entire pitcher or punch bowl for a summer party or barbecue.

The fact that it has so many liquors (something for everyone) and so easy to make certainly means that it is a perfect option for any sort of gathering. Of course, one can adapt the amount of liquor according to the formality, or environment, of the function. For those who may get confused between the “tea” cocktails, it is important to remember that the cranberry juice is the key ingredient that distinguishes the Long Beach Tea from the other drinks. It doesn’t matter whether you are with a small group of friends, or throwing a big summer bash – a Long Beach Tea is a great option to consider!


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Danny is a Melburnian liquor enthusiast and ex bartender turned web developer. Although an avid whiskey drinker he likes to practice the arts of cocktail making and mixing drinks. Danny believes there are always new concoctions just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.


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