A little trashy, a little sweet, a lot of alcohol. The Long Island Iced Tea is the guilty pleasure of cocktails but it doesn’t have to be. By cutting the added sugars of cola, simple syrup and orange liqueur (and using a highball instead of a pint glass) you can make a Long Island Iced Tea that’s practically guilt-free. Added plus? No sugar hangover the next day. Instead of blanco tequila and white rum, we use reposado and dark rum, both for their tea-adjacent color and rich flavor.
- 1/2 oz Vodka
- 1/2 oz Dark Rum
- 1/2 oz Reposado Tequila
- 1/2 oz Gin
- Splash of Fresh Lemon Juice
- Splash of Fresh Orange Juice
- Splash of Sparkling Water
- Ice Cubes
Long Island Iced Tea Recipe
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Add vodka, rum, tequila, gin, a splash of fresh lemon juice, and a splash of orange juice to the shaker.
- Shake well to combine the flavors and chill the mixture.
- Strain the mix into a highball glass filled with ice.
- Top off with sparkling water.
- Stir gently.
- Garnish with a twist of lemon or slice of lime.
Pro-Tip Remember, a well-chilled glass and ingredients will ensure a smoother, crisper cocktail. Shake with gusto and enjoy the refreshing results.
Hot Remix The Long Beach Iced Tea swaps OJ for cranberry juice and the added tartness holds up well against the other ingredients. On the flip-side, make a Texas Iced Tea by add 1/2 oz. of bourbon and throw caution to the wind.