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Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail Recipe

Jul 23, 2014 | Post By Brodey Sheppard
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What goes into a Long Island Iced Tea? Just about everything. The origins of this drink are hotly debated, but all agree that somebody, in some way connected to Long Island New-York, thought it would be a good idea to chuck five white spirits into a glass and see what happens. The result, as it turns out, isn’t that bad.

A Long Island Iced Tea is one of those drinks that people either love or hate. There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground. It’s one you pour on a hot day in summer, when you don’t have to get up again in a hurry.

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Over the years, lots of modifications have been made to the cocktail, none of which include adding actual tea. The drink gets its name from the colour provided by adding a touch of cola. All of the following omit the cola, which does sort of seem to defeat the purpose.

  • Long Beach Iced Tea: Replace cola with cranberry juice
  • Hawaiian Iced Tea: Replace cola with pineapple juice
  • Electric Iced Tea: Replace cola with lemon-lime and substitute Blue Curacao for the Triple Sec

All do have one thing in common though. Long Island Iced Tea is notorious for producing an excruciating hang-over, so don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Here’s what you need:



  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add all ingredients except the cola.
  3. Shake vigorously.
  4. Pour contents, including the ice, into a highball glass.
  5. Top with Cola.
  6. Garnish with a wedge of lime.


  • Highball glass
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Ice



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Brodey is an enthusiastic marketing and advertising strategest out of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Brodey has always been passionate about liquor and alcohol in general. You will find Brodey on the weekends either out on the football pitch kicking goals or down the lake with a glass of wine.


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