Long Island Iced Tea

I’ve never really understood the concept of not mixing your liquor. I hear it all the time. It goes something like this. “Oh, I can’t have a Cosmo because I’ve been drinking Mai Tais all night. I don’t want to mix my drinks.” Tangent…I just realized my cosmopolitan recipe isn’t posted on this blog. Horrors! Must fix that soon! Back to the Long Island. It slaps you upside the head and says “Just throw it all in there!”. This bar staple has five different kinds of alcohol. Talk about mixing drinks! Pretty much the only thing it DOESN’T have is tea!

If you’ve never had a Long Island, try this recipe first so you know how it’s supposed to taste. Many times when you order one at a restaurant you’ll get a glass that’s half full of cola. No bueno.

Long Island Iced Tea
adapted from Mrs. Baxton’s Long Island Iced Tea

1.5 fluid ounce vodka
1.5 fluid ounce gold tequila
1.5 fluid ounce rum
1.5 fluid ounce gin
1.5  fluid ounce Cointreau or triple sec
4 fluid ounces sweet and sour mix
Splash of cola
1 lime wedge


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice; pour in vodka, tequila, rum, gin, Cointreau, and sweet and sour mix. Cover and shake until the outside of the shaker is frosty. Place a few cubes of ice into a highball glass, and strain in the iced tea. Top with the cola, and garnish with a wedge of lime.

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