Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced TeaA Long Island Iced Tea is delicious and refreshing on a summer’s day.  It might have the same amber hue as its namesake, but don’t be fooled! It has a much higher alcohol concentration than most highball drinks because there is relatively little mixer, in this case cola.

The original Long Island Iced Tea is said to have been invented in a community called Long Island in Tennessee (Not New York!) during Prohibition in the 1920s. It wasn’t until the 70s that the modern version using Coca Cola was created.

Long Island Iced Tea
Yields 2 drinks

2 cups ice cubes
1 ounce vodka
1 ounce gin
1 ounce white rum
1 ounce white tequila
1/2 ounce Triple Sec
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup cola, or to taste
2 lemon wedges

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and pour in the vodka, gin, rum, tequila, Triple Sec, and lemon juice.

Cover and shake vigorously to mix the ingredients and chill.

Pour the mixture, including the ice, into 2 highball glasses or mason jars, and top off with the cola.

Garnish with lemon wedges and serve.

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