Long Island Iced Tea for a Crowd

Long Island Iced Tea! Served in a pitcher, that is the final word celebration cocktail. Made with tequila, rum, vodka, gin, and triple sec. It packs a punch!


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Elise Bauer

Let’s make clear one factor I want I had identified once I was youthful: there isn’t any iced tea wherever within the Long Island Iced Tea. It is solely the colour of iced tea.

This is crucial data to have in case you plan to drink one. Or three. Because not realizing it will get you in an entire heap of hassle.

The Long Island Iced Tea is a curious cocktail. Theoretically, it shouldn’t style all that good contemplating what number of completely different liquors are being combined collectively.

Yet, it really works!

Long Island Iced TeaThe triple sec (an orange-flavored liqueur), lemon juice, and cola bind all the pieces simply completely.

This cocktail is a straightforward one to throw collectively in a giant pitcher for a celebration. I wait till simply earlier than the friends arrive, then combine all the pieces collectively in a bowl with ice. Strain it right into a pitcher and serve!

The step of blending with the ice helps to rapidly chill the drink and provides simply the correct amount of dilution to the completed cocktail.

Long Island Iced Tea Recipe


You should purchase ready easy syrup for this recipe, or make it your self! Combine equal components sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium warmth (half of cup of every will make a very good quantity). Bring to a simmer and stir till the sugar is dissolved. Cool and refrigerate; it should hold for a number of weeks.


Texas Tea: Add half of cup of your favourite bourbon whiskey to the recipe. (Strangely, one would suppose this is able to make it a Kentucky Tea?) Best sipped exterior whereas doing completely nothing.

Long Beach Tea: Substitute cranberry juice for the cola for a fruitier and extra intensely tart model of this cocktail. A novel choice for yard cookouts.


  • half of cup tequila blanco (silver, blanco, or white)
  • half of cup white rum
  • half of cup vodka
  • half of cup gin
  • half of cup triple sec
  • three/four cup lemon juice
  • three/four cup easy syrup (see Recipe Note)
  • 1 half of cups cola soda
  • Halved lemon slices for garnish


1 Mix and chill: Fill a big bowl with ice. Add the tequila, rum, vodka, gin, triple sec, lemon juice, and easy syrup and stir till the combination is well-chilled.

2 Strain the combination right into a pitcher and add the cola. Finish with a fast, brief stir.

three Serve: Pour particular person drinks into highball or hurricane glasses full of ice. Garnish with lemon wedges. Feel free to high off with a splash of cola, if desired. Serve.

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Garrett McCord

Garrett McCord is an expert author and recipe developer whose work has appeared in lots of print and on-line publications akin to Gourmet Live, Saveur, Huffington Post, Smithsonian, and NPR. Past purchasers additionally embrace quite a few meals firms, wineries, and distilleries. Garrett writes about cocktails on his web site, Coupe de Grace.

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