Long Island Ice Tea

Long Island Ice Tea

I’m one of the many people in this state that will tell you, “I’m not a native Texan, but I got here as soon as I could.” And it’s true, I love the great state of Texas, but that doesn’t change my roots. And as the saying goes, you can take the girl out of New York, but you can’t take the New York out of the girl!

This recipe is a classic and a shout-out to my New York roots. Whether you’re in New York, Texas or anywhere else, this is a great drink to relax with.

Now for you true-Southerners, don’t be fooled by the name. This is a good drink, but it tastes nothing like your Sweet Tea.

Secondly, before you start mixing, let’s make sure you are prepared to relax with this drink and don’t need to drive anywhere. It’s a good one, but it’s strong one too.

Okay, fill your shaker or glass with ice. Next mix together ½ shot of vodka, gin, rum, tequila and triple sec. Add one shot of sweet and sour mix and stir (if you have a shaker, then shake!)

For those of you who don’t traditionally drink gin, Seagram’s is a pretty standard gin and will work well in this recipe, but I would recommend going with Texas Still Gin – it’s an excellent gin and locally distilled. Plus it will add a little Texas sass to this Yankee drink!

Bacardi is the big name in rum, but Don Q Crystal would work just as well and would be a little less expensive.

There is absolutely nothing Yankee about tequila – I would recommend you try Coa tequila, Lunazul or Espalon. These are all very good tequilas, affordable and will help southern-ify your drink!

Once mixed, pour everything into your glass and then top it with a splash of cola. The cola just provides a tiny bit of flavor and a little bit of color to the drink. Garnish your drink with a lemon and if you’re a displaced Yankee like me – toast those Northern roots and then take a sip and enjoy a nice, cool drink in the Texas sun!


½ oz vodka

½ oz rum

½ oz Gin

½ oz tequila

½ oz triple sec

1 oz sweet and sour mix

1 oz cola

1 lemon slice


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour vodka, rum, gin, tequila, triple sec, and sour mix over ice; cover and shake. Pour cocktail into a Collins or hurricane glass; top with splash of cola for color. Garnish with a lemon slice.


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