Long Island Iced Tea

You can buy prepared simple syrup for this recipe, or make it yourself! Combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat (1/2 cup of each will make a good amount). Bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Cool and refrigerate; it will keep for several weeks.


  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 to 12 cocktails


  • 1/2 cup tequila blanco (silver, blanco, or white)
  • 1/2 cup white rum
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup gin
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup simple syrup (see Recipe Note)
  • 1 1/2 cups cola soda
  • Halved lemon slices for garnish


1 Mix and chill: Fill a large bowl with ice. Add the tequila, rum, vodka, gin, triple sec, lemon juice, and simple syrup and stir until the mixture is well-chilled.

2 Strain the mixture into a pitcher and add the cola. Finish with a quick, short stir.

3 Serve: Pour individual drinks into highball or hurricane glasses filled with ice. Garnish with lemon wedges. Feel free to top off with a splash of cola, if desired. Serve.


Texas Tea: Add 1/2 cup of your favorite bourbon whiskey to the recipe. (Strangely, one would think this would make it a Kentucky Tea?) Best sipped outside while doing absolutely nothing.

Long Beach Tea: Substitute cranberry juice for the cola for a fruitier and more intensely tart version of this cocktail. A novel option for backyard cookouts.

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  • Christina Powell

    Can you just add cola with Long Island Iced Tea and not the other Alcohol

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Christina, “Long Island Iced Tea” is an alcoholic drink. Without the alcohol it’s just coca cola and lemon juice.

  • Chris

    don’t forget the electric lemonade that’s made with blue curacao instead of triple sec (the taste is exactly the same but the bright blue color is nice). a perfectly made long island really does taste like tea and should never taste of alcohol, unless you’re planning on it being an early night. i don’t chill mine, i just build them over ice and give it a shake at the end to mix everything before the shot of cola. be very wary about making them by the pitcher, it’s easy for the servings (and thus your gathering) to get out of hand.


  • Elise Bauer

    The first time I had a Long Island iced tea I was living in Boston, right out of college. I was at a bar, totally clueless about cocktails, and someone asked if I wanted a Long Island iced tea. “Sure!” I had no idea what made an iced tea from Long Island special, but whatever, I was game.

    Oh, it was so good. It didn’t taste anything like iced tea though. Nor did it taste of alcohol. I seriously thought it was just a different kind of iced tea.

    This was a problem. Being the lightweight I was, I could barely stand up from my chair after drinking that “iced tea”. LOL

    Now that I’m older and a tiny bit wiser, I know better. It is a terribly delicious drink, and wonderfully refreshing. Thanks Garrett for reviving these memories. It was a pleasure to make and drink these with you!

  • Aretha

    Perfect timing for my barbecue this weekend!!! I appreciate the variations of the recipe also. A million thanks.