Long Island Iced Tea

Abandon all hope ye who enter here.


  • Served in highball
  • 24% ABV
  • Garnish with Lemon twist


Rosebud Butt



Simple syrup 3.0cl 1.0oz
Lemon juice 2.5cl 0.83oz
Vodka 1.5cl 0.5oz
Gin 1.5cl 0.5oz
Triple sec 1.5cl 0.5oz
White rum 1.5cl 0.5oz
Tequila 1.5cl 0.5oz
Cola One dash
Use ounces
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  1. Add all ingredients into highball glass filled with ice.
  2. Stir gently.
  3. Serve with straw.


This boozy, chaotic highball - a mainstay of college undergrads and pragmatic drinkers everywhere - requires little introduction. Our recipe tries to class it up a little with gomme syrup, but feel free to swap in simple syrup if you're feeling lazy.

The cocktail was invented by Robert Butt, who has a hilarious and wonderful web site set up in the drink's honor. He describes the invention thusly:

The world famous Long Island Iced Tea was first invented in 1972 by me, Robert Butt, while I was tending bar at the infamous Oak Beach Inn. Nicknamed "Rosebud" by OBI owner Bob Matherson, I participated in a Cocktail creating contest. Triple Sec had to be included, and the bottles started flying. My concoction was an immediate hit and quickly became the house drink at the OBI. By the mid-1970's, every bar on LI was serving up this innocent looking cocktail, and by the 1980's it was known the world over. Though it looks like the Iced Tea your Mom serves on a summer day, it is actually a combination of 5 different alcohols, with a splash of Coke. Mention Long Island Iced Tea at a party, and almost everyone has a story to tell....

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