Long Island Iced Tea Recipe

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Episode Five of 2 Shots 1 Take! Long Island Iced tea with Rachel of Rachel’s English.

Long Island Iced Teas (or LIIT) have a reputation for being the kind of drink that only Ivy League kids in the 1980s and sad, broken, alcoholic, bankers’ wives after-they-take-their-kids-to-school drink. But that is an unnecessarily complicated way of denigrating such a wonderful drink as this. LIIT has a noble heritage that dates back to Prohibition, or the 70’s depending on whom you choose to believe. Regardless, I think you should try one. And I do mean ONE. These are incredibly easy to drink without skipping a beat. Be careful.


Long Island Iced Tea Recipe

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  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 5 ounce sour mix (see note below for homemade sour mix)
  • 1 ounce gold tequila
  • 1 ounce white rum
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • ice
  • 2 ounces cola


  1. Combine alcohol and sour mix in a pitcher with ice. Stir to combine and chill.
  2. Fill two tall iced tea glasses with ice and strain Long Island Iced Tea over.
  3. Top with one ounce cola, each.
  4. Garnish with lime or lemon wedge.


Homemade sour mix: 1 part fresh lime juice, 1 part fresh lemon juice; 2 parts simple syrup.

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  1. larry kimball on September 19, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    “Sew each other’s butt closed” Hahaha! Too funny!! I LOVE LIIT’s. Next time I have like $100 I don’t need, I will buy all the different liquors to go in them. Of course, they will last me for months, so if you divide that….. Then, it will be like ‘cooking with wine,’ even using the wine as an ingredient. But it will be LIIT, so not a very good ingredient. No alternative but to drink a couple of them.

    • Hilah on September 23, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Haha! I know, we spent the majority of our “props” budget on booze. I was actually surprised, though, that Trader Joe’s had good prices on alcohol at least!

  2. Antoine Lavoisier on September 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I want to get drunk with you and discuss The Disney Afternoon.

    And play with gerbils. But not in the way you’re apparently used to.

    ANYwho, I bought your book, “HOW TO COOK” – Does there happen to be an eBook version of it I can download for convenience?

    Love your style.

    ~ Internet Person

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