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Long Island Iced Tea

Ivan Della Nave  

The Ultimate Long Island Iced Tea

Learn how to prepare a Long Island iced tea cocktail with Fine Dining Lovers. Find out the recipe and the ingredients to prepare it.

15 November, 2021
Average: 4.6 (5 votes)

serves for



1/2 OZ (15 ml)
Dry Vodka
1/2 OZ (15 ml)
White rum
1/2 OZ (15 ml)
Triple sec
1/2 OZ (15 ml)
1/2 OZ (15 ml) White Tequila
2 OZ (60 ml) Sweet and Sour
Lemon juice
3/4 OZ Freshly Squeezed
Sugar syrup
3/4 OZ
Egg whites
1/2 OZ
to top


Slice of lemon


Tall tumbler


Shaker – jigger – manual citrus juicer - dry scoop - fruit tweezers


Mix on the rocks


Step 01

Long Island Iced Tea_step one

Cool the shaker by filling it up to 3/4 full with ice. Empty before pouring the ingredients in.

Step 02

Long Island Iced Tea_Step Two

Using the manual pressure juicer, squeeze 3/4 OZ (45 ml) of lime directly into the jigger (to check the exact amount of juice) and pour into the shaker.

Step 03

Long Island Iced Tea_Step three

Measure 3/4 OZ (45 ml) of cane sugar syrup with the jigger and pour into the shaker.

Step 04

Long Island Iced Tea_Step four

Measure 3/4 OZ (45 ml) of egg white with the jigger and pour into the shaker.

Step 05

Long Island_Step five

Measure 1/2 OZ (15 ml) of dry vodka with the jigger and pour into the shaker.

Step 06

Long Island_Step Six

Dose the jigger with 1/2 OZ (15 ml) of triple sec and pour into the shaker.

Step 07

Long Island_step seven

Measure 1/2 OZ (15 ml) of gin with the jigger and pour into the shaker.

Step 08

Long Island_Step Eight

Measure 1/2 OZ (15 ml) of white tequila with the jigger and pour into the shaker.

Step 09

Long Island_Step nine

Measure 1/2 OZ (15 ml) of white rum with the jigger and pour into the shaker.

Step 10

Long Island_Step ten

Close the shaker and shake vigorously, the egg white must whip.

Step 11

Long Island_step 11

Fill the glass with ice. 


Step 12

Long Island_Step 12

Open the shaker and pour the cocktail into the glass.

Step 13

Long Island_Step 13

Top the glass with cola.

Step 14

Long Island_Step 14

Garnish the cocktail with a fresh lemon slice and it's ready to serve.



In the 1970s, Bob Butt, a young Long Island bartender who worked at the Oak Beach Bar decided to participate in a triple sec competition. He chose all the white spirits he had (rum, vodka, gin and tequila) as ingredients, he then added triple sec, lemon juice, sugar and Coca Cola, to give the cocktail a touch of colour. The result was that tea-coloured drink which was called 'Long Island iced tea'.


There are several variations of this cocktail, for example, Tokyo iced tea, in which the triple sec is replaced by Midori and Coca Cola with Lemonade. In Beverly Hills iced tea, Coca Cola is replaced with Champagne, in California iced tea it is replaced with orange juice, and in Long Beach iced tea, with cranberry juice.


Legend has it that Long Island iced tea was born in the 1930s, during years of prohibition, and that it was a blend of clandestine spirits that, thanks to the colour given by the cola, were disguised as innocent tea.


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Ivan Della Nave

Ivan Della Nave

Born in 1994, Ivan Della Nave was fascinated by art and passionate about photography from a very young age.