How to make Long Island Iced Tea

How to make Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea is one of the world’s top 5 requested cocktails. Surprisingly, Long Island Iced Tea has no tea but It is simply the color of iced tea. Although some people say, when made properly it tastes like Iced Tea.

Sometimes abbreviated as LIIT, Long Island Iced Teas are made with  5 spirits and notorious for causing severe hangovers (and poor decisions)

Robert “Rosebud” Butt claims to have invented this classic cocktail when he worked at the infamous Oak Beach Inn on Long Island in New York. He invented the Long Island Iced Tea as a contest entry in 1972 to create a new drink mixed with Triple Sec

If you’re wondering about interesting facts about this classic cocktail like what is in a long island ice tea, how long is iced tea good for, and how many calories in a long island iced tea + a long island iced tea recipe, then keep reading!

Interesting facts about Long Island Iced Teas

Long Island Iced Tea

What alcohol is in Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Teas are typically made with vodka, tequila, light rum, triple sec, gin, and a splash of cola.

How much alcohol is in a Long Island Iced Tea?

A traditional Long Island Iced Tea has about a 22% alcohol content. One of the reasons that this drink has gotten a reputation for being strong is that it is a combination of five different types of alcohol.

When you’re making your own drink, you can add as much alcohol as you want but it’s highly recommended to add the same amount to have a balanced drink.

How many calories in a long island iced tea

There are approximately 200 calories in a Long Island Iced Tea (single serving) without any sugar syrup. The calories are reduced to about 180 if you top with Coke Zero (Diet Coke).

How to make Long Island Iced Tea

Here’s how to make a long island tea mix:

Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 tbsp Cointreau or triple sec liqueur (orange liquor)
  • 1 tbsp Gin
  • 1/ tbsp Rum (white)
  • 1 tbsp Tequila Blanco (silver)
  • 1 tbsp Vodka
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 80 ml | ⅓ cup coca-cola
  • lime or lemon slices to garnish


  1. Add Ice and the five spirits (vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and triple sec liqueur) to a Cocktail Shaker.
  2. Shake for 5 - 10 seconds.
  3. Pour contents into a glass.
  4. Add a splash of coke and stir.
  5. Garnish with lemon
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138Total Fat: 0.06gSaturated Fat: 0.006gTrans Fat: 0.014gUnsaturated Fat: 0.002gCarbohydrates: 9.87gProtein: 0.12g

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Usually Served in a pitcher

Popular Long Island Iced Tea Variations

There are countless variations of the original  Long Island iced tea recipe, here are a few of my favorites.

  • Texas Tea – Just add bourbon. Yes, add all five of the white liquors, plus bourbon.
  • Long Beach Iced Tea – Here, the cola is replaced with cranberry juice, giving it a distinct, reddish color.
  • Electric Iced Tea – Blue curacao replaces the triple sec and lemon-lime soda (for example, Sprite) replaces the dark-colored cola. The end result is a brilliant blue-colored cocktail.
  • Hawaiian Iced Tea – Swap the cola for pineapple juice.
  • Tokyo Iced Tea – In this version, the cola is swapped out for Midori, a sweet, bright, and green-colored liquor made in Japan.


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