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Long Island Iced Tea

The combination of not two but FIVE alcohols/spirits make this Cocktail a different and simply incredible Cocktail; so much so it is one of the Classics all Mixologist get to learn off rote.

The combination of lime and lemon together works beautifully. The 1920's version (the predecessor) did not use Coca Cola, however the updated version uses a 'splash' or depending on your taste a tad more Cola. 

It looks like Tea - but does not taste of tea; it comes from Babylon (Long Island) but looks and taste exotic, cooling and very refreshing.  If you are after a powerful, intoxicating and a sheer classic - then this is the one for you.

  • 1/2 shot Baccadi Rum
  • 1/2 Shot Tanqueray London Dry Gin
  • 1/2 Shot Vodka
  • 1/2 Shot De Kuyper Triple Sec
  • 1/2 Shot Tequila
  • 1/2 Shot Sugar Syrup (2:1)
  • 1/2 Shot Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Shot Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • Top-up Coca Cola
How to make one: 
  1. Add all the ingredients into the Cocktail shaker over ice except the Coca-Cola
  2. Strain into a ice-filled glass
  3. Top-up with Coca Cola

It is probable that the creator of The Long Island Iced Tea is Mixologist Robert Bud of the infamous Oak Beach Inn Night Club situated in Suffolk County in the town of Babylon, New York. The famous Cocktail is said to have been created in 1972 when Robert "Rosebud" Bud  entered a competition to create a Cocktail using Triple Sec.

It is also rumoured by locals of Babylon that it was a Mixologist by the name of Chris Bendickson was the actual creator. Who knows?


Glassware For This Cocktail

Sling Cocktail Glass from Passion for Cocktails Sling Cocktail Glass
The Sling set of Cocktails kicked off between 1915-1920 with the first one reported as being the Gin Sling and then later known as the Singapore Sling.  It was shortly after that the iconic narrow base to wide top,  glass appeared and became synonymous with a whole slew of Cocktails.  A long, tall and versatile glass ideal for cooling Cocktails.  
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