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.