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.