Cocktail of the Month

Long Island Ice Tea

There is little dispute as to the origin of the Long Island Iced Tea. Robert "Rosebud" Butt claims to have invented the drink as an entry in a contest to create a new mixed drink including Triple Sec, in 1972 while he worked at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island, New York.

A Long Island Iced Tea is typically made with tequila, vodka, light rum, triple sec, gin, and a splash of cola, which gives the drink the same amber hue as its namesake.It is so named because of the resemblance to the color of iced tea. A popular version mixes equal parts vodka, gin, tequila, rum, and triple sec with 1½ parts sour mix and a splash of cola.

Our recipe keeps it neat, tidy and surprisingly delicate. Even so, this isn’t a cocktail for the faint-hearted.

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