Long Island Iced Tea! Served in a pitcher, this is the ultimate party cocktail. Made with tequila, rum, vodka, gin, and triple sec. It packs a punch!
Let’s clarify one thing I wish I had known when I was younger: there is no iced tea anywhere in the Long Island Iced Tea. It is simply the color of iced tea. The Long Island Iced Tea is a curious cocktail. Theoretically, it shouldn’t taste all that good considering how many different liquors are being mixed together. Yet, it works!
The triple sec (an orange-flavored liqueur), lemon juice, and cola bind everything just perfectly. Long Island Iced Tea is an easy one to throw together in a big pitcher for a party. I wait until just before the guests arrive, then mix everything together in a bowl with ice. Strain it into a pitcher and serve! The step of mixing with the ice helps to quickly chill the drink and adds just the right amount of dilution to the finished cocktail.
1/2 cup tequila blanco (silver, blanco, or white)
1/2 cup white rum
1/2 cup vodka
1/2 cup gin
1/2 cup triple sec
3/4 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup simple syrup
1 1/2 cups cola soda
Halved lemon slices for garnish
1 Mix and chill: Fill a large bowl with ice. Add the tequila, rum, vodka, gin, triple sec, lemon juice, and simple syrup and stir until the mixture is well-chilled.
2 Strain the mixture into a pitcher and add the cola. Finish with a quick, short stir.
3 Serve: Pour individual drinks into highball or hurricane glasses filled with ice. Garnish with lemon wedges. Feel free to top off with a splash of cola, if desired. Serve.