This is a popular mixed drink that should be in everyone's drink repertoire. An easy way to remember how to make a Long Island Iced Tea is to think of a small shot of 5 white spirits (gin, tequila, light rum, vodka, and triple sec), a shot of sour mix, fill with cola. It's really easy if you break it down, but it is also just as easy to drink too many of this highly alcoholic drink.
The 1970's credit for this potent and alluring concoction could go to Robert Bott, a bartender from Long Island, or to Charles Bishop, a 1930's moonshiner in (then dry) Tennessee. Or was it T.G.I. Friday's?
The LIIT has also inspired many variations, which are listed below the recipe.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Yield: 1 Cocktail
- 1/2 ounce triple sec
- 1/2 ounce light rum
- 1/2 ounce gin
- 1/2 ounce vodka
- 1/2 ounce tequila
- 1 ounce sour mix
- Lemon wedge for garnish
- Pour the spirits and sour mix into a collins glass with ice.
- Stir well or shake.
- Top the glass off with cola.
- Garnish with the lemon wedge.
Variations of the LIIT:
- Long Beach Iced Tea - cranberry juice
- Miami Iced Tea - cranberry juice, lemon-lime soda, peach schnapps for tequila
- Electric Iced Tea - blue curacao and lemon lime soda
- Hawaiian Iced Tea - pineapple juice
- Pyrat Summer Tea - simplified: rum, orange liqueur, sour, lemon, cola
- Raspberry Long Island Iced Tea - raspberry vodka and rum (possible with any infused spirits of different flavors)
- Texas Tea - add bourbon
- Touchdown Tea - Gatorade for sour mix