Long Island Ice Tea

A relatively new classic cocktail, the name is derived from the colour that the cola gives the drink and the sweet taste reminiscent of its namesake.

A Long Island Iced Tea has a well know origin as it was first invented by Robert “rosebud” Butt in 1972. He came up with the drink for a contest at the Oak Beach Inn, on Long Island, to make a new drink including Triple sec. A similar drink was invented during prohibition but featured whisky and maple syrup so is not generally considered a true ancestor. We made our version with spiced rum due to personal preference and the gold tequila was what was handy.


  • ½ oz rum (we used spiced)
  • ½ oz tequila (we used gold)
  • ½ oz gin
  • ½ oz triple sec
  • ½ oz vodka
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • Coke

The verdict: This classic favourite was well received as both Z and L drink them at the bar from time to time although I suspect they aren’t quite as boozy. The rest enjoyed the easy drinking, sweet taste as we twirled out umbrellas and tore into the home-made focaccia.

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