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How to Make a Long Island Iced Tea

It may look like plain old iced tea, but this drink—invented near Long Island’s Jones Beach in the 1970s—is one potent potation and the East Coast's answer to the Zombie.


  • Step 1: Fill with ice Fill the shaker with ice.
  • Step 2: Add vodka, rum, & gin Add 1/2 an ounce of vodka, 1/2 an ounce of rum, and pour in 1/2 an ounce of gin.
  • Step 3: Add triple sec, tequila, & lemon juice Continue to add the alcohol. Add 1/2 an ounce of triple sec, now add 1/2 an ounce of tequila, and pour in 1 ounce of lemon juice.
  • Step 4: Add sugar Drop in 1 teaspoon of sugar.
  • TIP: Some recipes will call for sour mix, but using lemon juice and sugar instead can give a fresher, more consistent flavor.
  • Step 5: Shake Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  • Step 6: Strain into glass Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass.
  • Step 7: Fill with ice Fill the highball glass about halfway with ice.
  • Step 8: Add cola Top off the glass with cola to add the color of an iced tea.
  • TIP: For a Long Beach Iced Tea, swap cranberry juice for the cola.
  • Step 9: Stir & drink Add the straw, stir, and sip with caution—this one's got a nasty undertow.
  • FACT: With nearly 8 million residents, Long Island, NY has a higher population than 97 countries around the globe.

You Will Need

  • 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. rum
  • 1/2 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. triple sec
  • 1/2 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • Some cola
  • Some ice
  • A measuring jigger
  • A cocktail shaker
  • A highball glass
  • And a straw

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