In the pantheon of mixed drinks, few libations stand taller than the Long Island Iced Tea. Considered the fuel for untold nights of debauchery, the Long Island Iced Tea is a mass smattering of almost every type of alcohol known to man. The whole drink is composed of various liquors, save for a small amount of mixer. The Long Island Iced Tea recipe could also be called a blueprint for other drink recipes that call for a variety of alcohols, such as the Irish Trash Can, or Long Island variants such as the Alaskan Iced Tea. Get ready to delve not only into how to make a Long Island Iced Tea, but also the intriguing history of this iconic drink.
Long Island Iced Tea
- ½ oz tequila
- ½ oz white rum
- ½ oz vodka
- ½ oz gin
- ½ oz triple sec
- ¾ oz sweet & sour or lemon juice
- Splash of Coca-cola
- Lemon wheel
In a highball or Collins glass with ice, add all of your liquors, and also the sweet and sour mix (or fresh lemon juice). Add a splash of cola and stir, adding a lemon wheel for a garnish. To make a top shelf Long Island Iced Tea, simply use high quality liquors, such as Grey Goose, Cointreau, or Bombay, for your ingredients.
The Long Island Iced Tea is one of those drinks where it takes as much time to gather the bottles and pour as it does to create. You’ll be looking at of prep time and or so of total time to mix your drink. Then it’s time to get lush. The Long Island Iced Tea is a drink that is all about partying; why else would you mix five different alcohols into one drink? The Long Island has a long a notorious history of getting folks hammered, and has inspired many other multi-liquor cocktails named for specific geographic locations.
Origins of the Long Island Iced Tea
A cocktail just couldn’t be considered a true classic unless there was controversy over who invented it. As it is with so many other mixed drinks, so it is with the Long Island Iced Tea. There are two stories about how the drink was invented: one origin story says it was first created in the 1920s, and the other version says the drink was invented in the 1970s.
The origin story that most people are familiar with is that bartender Robert “Rosebud” Butt created the Long Island as part of a cocktail creation contest while working at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island, New York. All New Yorkers will claim that either Rosebud or fellow Oak Beach bartender Chris Bendicksen are the rightful creators of the Long Island Iced Tea, but there is another intriguing story that places the creation of the drink in 1920s Tennessee.
According to residents of the Long Island community in Kingsport, Tennessee; Old Man Bishop, a local retiree, who also happened to have a moonshine business on the side, invented the drink in the 1920s and later passed the formula to his son, Ransom Bishop. This Tennessee version of the Long Island used whiskey, gin, rum, vodka, tequila, lemon and lime juices, and maple syrup.