When I turned 21, there were a number of drinks I couldn’t wait to try.  Mostly they were based around movies and tv shows I’d seen, or something my older friends recommended.  Anything with more than 3 ingredients seemed like some kind of crazy alchemy that just sounded so intriguing. The Long Island Iced Tea is just that crazy.

photo of two long island iced tea drinks

The Long Island Iced Tea

The Long Island Iced Tea was one of these elaborate drinks, and I’d seen it many times, like in Coyote Ugly, Cruel Intentions and Night Court.  It is light and deceptively smooth, hiding a considerable amount of alcohol.  You’ll find many of the characters over drinking this particular concoction, and usually hilarity ensues.

It’s not until you actually try making one of these yourself and see the amount of liquor that goes into it, that you understand how potent this drink is.  This is actually one of the easiest drinks in terms of ingredients you can find.  None of them are too expensive and even the lower shelf ones are more than adequate.

The Long Island is a great drink if you are looking for something that has some depth of flavor and something you can sip on for a while.  It does take a little time to make so you might want to make it with the quantities we suggest below so you can have plenty to drink.  Generally, it’s equal parts on the ingredients with the exception of the sweet & sour which is 1 1/2 parts.

You will need a pint glass with 3-4 ice cubes, and a shaker.  Some recipes will not advise shaking but I really love how the drink comes out when you do.  Just hold off on the Coke until AFTER!


1.5 oz. vodka
1.5 oz. tequila
1.5 oz. rum
1.5 oz. gin
1.5 oz. triple sec
2.25 oz. sweet and sour mix
1 splash Coca-Cola


Add 4-5 ice cubes to your shaker and then the ingredients above except for the Coca-Cola.  Shake well for 10-15 seconds and pour into your pint glass.  The “splash” of Coca-Cola is less than 1/8 cup.  You’ll be surprised how much it changes the character of the drink.