Long Island Ice Tea

Mighty lot of spirits in the glass
Long Island Ice Tea Cocktails mit Limetten auf einem Holzbrett
stark (über 20%)
Post-Prohibition (1934 - 1979)
Created by:
Robert »Rosebud« Butt
Long Island Ice Tea Cocktails mit Limetten auf einem Holzbrett

Long Island Ice Tea is often dubbed the “Cuba Libre for alcoholics” – and not entirely without reason. The popular long drink comes with a fair amount of spirits in the glass. Due to his shady reputation, he only earns a disdainful glance from many bartenders. Nevertheless, the Long Island Iced Tea occupies one of the front places in the list of the most popular cocktails – whether you like it or not.

Contrary to what its name suggests, Long Island Ice Tea does not contain tea. Its name is due to its color reminiscent of black tea. Due to the lime juice it contains and its high sugar content (orange liqueur and cola), the alcohol is masked in taste. This feature, its ease of preparation and inexpensive base spirits have helped it become one of the most popular party drinks.

  • Prep Time1 min
  • Cook Time1 min
  • Total Time2 min
  • Yield1 jar
  • Serving Size230 ml
  • Energy238 cal


For the Long Island Iced Tea

  • 20 ml tequila (100% agave)
  • 20 ml vodka
  • 20 ml Triple Sec* (orange liqueur)
  • 20 ml dry gin*
  • 20 ml white rum
  • 30 ml lime juice
  • 1 small bottle of cola
  • Ice cube
  • Lime zest


  • Shaker
  • Long drink glass
  • Bar strainer*
  • Bar spoon


fill in large highball glass with ice cubes.
Place a handful of ice cubes in a shaker. Add tequila, vodka, triple sec, gin and lime juice and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker fogs up. Then strain over the ice cubes using a bar strainer, top up with cola, stir briefly and garnish with a lime wedge. Your homemade Long Island Iced Tea is ready!

The drink is especially spectacular when you fill the glass halfway with cola and then let the spirits flow from the shaker over the ice cubes into the glass. This creates a two-tiered layering of cola and the white-milk spirits.

  • Nährwerte

  • 1 servings per container
  • Serving Size230 ml
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories238
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat0.5 g78 g0.64%
  • Total Carbohydrate19.8 g275 g7.2%
  • Total Sugars19.8 g
  • Protein0.1 g50 g0.2%
  • Calcium12.3 mg1300 mg0.95%
  • Iron0.3 mg18 mg1.67%
  • Potassium1.4 mg4700 mg0.03%
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)8.7 mg90 mg9.67%
  • Vitamin E (Tocopherol)0.1 IU33 IU0.3%
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0.015 mg1.2 mg1.25%
  • Phosphorus6.3 mg1250 mg0.5%
  • Magnesium2.8 mg420 mg0.67%
  • Zinc0.1 mg11 mg0.91%
  • Alkohol27.2 g

The history of Long Island Ice Tea

As with many cocktails, Long Island Ice Tea has a whole strand of myths surrounding its recipe and origins.

One of these stories locates its invention in the U.S. of the 1920s to 1930s, at the time of alcohol prohibition. Since neither its name nor its taste indicate a strong alcoholic beverage, this is a plausible derivation.

However, the long drink found its first official mention only in the 1970s. The original recipe is attributed to American bartender Robert “Rosebud” Butt, who created the cocktail for a competition at the then nightclub Oak Beach Inn for the first time. But even this story cannot be proven beyond doubt.

However, it is certain that Long Island Ice Tea originated in the USA in the 20th century.

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