On paper, the Long Island Iced Tea is one hot mess of a drink. Four different—and disparate—spirits slugging it out in a single glass, along with triple sec, lemon juice and cola? The recipe reads more like a frat house hazing than one of the world’s most popular cocktails. And yet, somehow, it works.
That’s because the Long Island Iced Tea succeeds where so many of today’s refined cocktails fall short: It’s boozy AF—nearly 75 millilitres of alcohol against less than half that amount in mixers. Unless you’re a sailor on shore leave, that’s a red-flag ratio rife with morning-after consequences. It’s also precisely what a person needs every now and then.
Best then not to intellectualize the Long Island Iced Tea and simply love it for what it is: an easy-gulping, one-and-done stiffy. If you’re looking to tame your tea a bit, pull back the boozy parts and lean in on the cola. The good people of Long Island won’t be offended.
15 ml Vodka
15 ml White rum
15 ml Silver tequila
15 ml Gin
15 ml Triple sec
15 ml Simple syrup (50-50 Water and Sugar)
15 ml Fresh lemon juice
Cola, to top
Garnish: Lemon wedge
Add all ingredients except the cola into a Collins glass with ice.
Top with a splash of the cola and stir briefly.
Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Serve with a straw.
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Disclaimer- An unedited version of this recipe first appeared on liquor.com