Long Island Iced Tea Recipe

by Mama Loves A Drink

There are often arguments on the exact quantities that should be mixed and how a Long Island Iced Tea should be served, but one thing doesn’t change and that’s the focus on 5 white spirits – making the Long Island Iced Tea one of the most potent cocktails out there, and why it’s often chosen as a party starter.

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Tools you will need for making a Long Island Iced Tea

  • Ice Cubes
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Jigger
  • Citrus Juice
  • Serving glasses

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Yield: 2 serves

Long island iced tea

Tall glass of long island iced tea with cocktail making equipment

This is a refreshing and popular cocktail - largely because of just how potent it is combining 5 white spirits - a guaranteed party starter but just watch your consumption!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes


  • 30ml Vodka
  • 30ml Gin
  • 30ml Rum
  • 30ml Tequilla
  • 30ml Triple Sec (Cointreau)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (some will replace this with a sour mix or a simple sugar syrup)
  • 1/2 cup of cola
  • 2 slices of lime or lemon wedges to garnish


  1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Pour all spirits and the lemon juice into the shaker
  3. Shake vigorously
  4. Pour into 2 tall glass over ice cubes
  5. Top off with cola
  6. Garnish with lemon wedges


You can play around with the quantities for a larger group or to fit a different shape glass - this recipe ends up being about 200ml in fluids as well as ice.

Tips for making a great Long Island Iced Tea

Although many love the Long Island Iced Tea for its potency, don’t overdo it. If there’s no room left in the glass for the cola, or you over pour the different spirits it will lose its flavour balance.

Variations on the Long Island Iced Tea

There are plenty! Each with their own twist and I bet you’ve inadvertently come up with your own too! These are the main variants of an alcoholic iced tea:

Texas Tea – add Bourbon along with your white ingredients – extra potent!

Long Beach Tea – replace the cola with cranberry juice

Hawaiian Iced Tea – replace the cola with Pineapple juice

Miami Iced Tea – drop the tequilla and add some peach snapps and lemon-line soda for a sparkling finish

Electric Iced Tea – Blue Curaco replaces the triple sec and lemon-lime soda

Mama Loves A Drink advocates quality over quantity. Always drink responsibly!

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