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Long Island Iced Tea Ingredients

Ingredients of Long Island Iced Tea

Ingredients of Long Island Iced Tea


Long Island Iced Tea Ingredients |There is confusion about the origin of Long Island Iced Tea. There are two well-known stories related to the origin of Long Island Iced Tea about two people who lived in two eras and two places.

Oldest story dates to the 1920s. According to that story, during the Prohibition period in the United States (1920-1933), a bootlegger named Charles Bishop (Also known as Old Man) has invented this drink. He lived in Long Island, an island in the Holston river at Kingsport in East Tennessee.

But that initial drink only contained Whiskey and Maple syrup and the other liquors were not quite as even as the modern-day drink.

Long Island, Kingsport in East Tennessee

Then the drink was perfected by Ransom Bishop, the son of Charles Bishop. Ransom Bishop modified the drink including Maple syrup, Lemon, Lime and varied quantities of five liquors (Rum, Gin, Tequila, Vodka and Whiskey).

Charles Bishop’s drink had a slight difference from the modern drink because the modern drink has Cola and five equal portions of the five liquors.

Robert C. Butt ( Rosebud)

The second story goes back to 1972. According to that story, Robert C. Butt (Also known as Rosebud), a bartender of the Oak Beach Inn, Hampton Bays in Long Island, New York claims the invention of the Long Island Iced Tea.

Oak Beach Inn

He has created this new mixed drink with Triple Sec and a splash of Cola for an entry to a competition and that went down surprisingly smoothly. From there, it gained popularity, becoming one of those classical ‘80s drinks.

In 2018, representatives of the two long islands in the United States had even engaged in a public argument to decide who should take the credit for inventing this fantastic cocktail.

Later, Long Island, New York bartender Butch Yamali wrote an open letter to Kingsport saying “Not since the ‘Battle of Long Island’ in the Revolutionary War has Long Island’s honour been so challenged. We on Long Island celebrate our beaches, our accents, and most of all, our booze.” Yamali concludes by challenging Tennessee to a “Battle for the Tea” to be held in either state.

Jud Teague
visit Kingsport Logo

As a response ‘Visit Kingsport’ Organization’s Executive director Jud Teague responded by a public letter saying “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so thanks a bunch! You may claim you’re the best, but we’ll always be the original and there’s no getting around that. So, in the y’ll versus Yous guys’ challenge, we graciously accept. Be sure to bring your mom’n’em.”

Blindfold taste testers testing the Long Islands during the first round of Long Island Iced Tea Challenge

In June 2019, representatives from the two states met for “Battle for the Tea” in Washington after two taste tests conducted on each state’s home turf.

New York City won the first round of Long Island Iced Tea Challenge held in Hudson’s on the Mile, a bar on Long Island, New York.

New York City won the first round of the Long Island Iced Tea Challenge.

The second battle was held on home turf in Kingsport and Tennessee took the victory of it.

The final battle was held on 13th June 2019 at Bobby McKey’s Dueling Piano Bar at National Harbor in Maryland. This battle was carried out on completely neutral ground and the decision was taken using a blind test. Tennessee took the victory by taking 3-2 decisions in the final battle, but New York participants have disputed the results indicating that the competition was a fraud.

Tennessee Participants with the Trophy

It seems that we will never definitively know where the Long Island Iced Tea originated and who made the best. It is entirely possible that Charles Bishop made the Cocktail, which was forgotten for a few decades until Robert C. Butt remade it and gave it the now-famous name.

Other than that, the Oak Beach Inn might be tried to enlighten their restaurant name by claiming this title. If you have any other opinions of the founder of this great drink, please share your views with the community in the comment section.

But there was one thing that these two Long Island Iced Teas had in common. It was the crazy concoction of different alcohols mixed into one drink.


Long Island Iced Tea is a strong alcoholic beverage and one of the all-time great highball cocktails. And, this is in the top 5 most requested cocktails in the world.  It is typically made with Vodka, Tequila, Light Rum, Triple Sec, Gin and a splash of cola.

This drink is boozy but delicious and refreshing. This drink has a much higher alcohol concentration (Approximately 22%) than most highball drinks with a relatively small amount of mixer.

Long Island Iced Tea was given its name because it looks like a traditional iced tea by its colour due to the added Cola. There is no actual tea in this drink. It mostly tastes like cola with added orange and lemon juice. So, due to its high alcohol content, it can sneak up on you because it doesn’t taste the alcohol so much when drinking it.


When you order a Long Island Iced Tea from a restaurant or bar, ask how much of each alcohol is going to be used. That would help you know just how much alcohol you are going to drink and pace yourself accordingly.

It’s also a good idea to limit yourself to no more than two Long Island Iced Teas for an entire evening. This cocktail is truly enjoyable if you drink responsibly.


Because of the Long Island Iced Tea’s fame, it is bound to have many variations of it. These variations follow the original Long Island Iced Tea recipe, but various additions or substitutions add unique tastes and colours. The most popular variations are:

Texas Tea

Texas Tea

Includes ½ ounce Bourbon Whiskey with all other original recipe ingredients for one serving.

Raspberry Long Island Iced Tea

Raspberry Long Island Iced Tea

Includes ½ ounce of Chambord or any other raspberry liqueur with all other original recipe ingredients for one serving.

Georgia Tea

Georgia Tea

Includes ½ ounce of Peach Schnapps with all other original recipe ingredients for one serving.

Cherry Tea

Cherry Tea

Includes Cherry Vodka in place of plain Vodka, ½ ounce of Cherry juice and substitute lemon-lime soda for the Cola per one serving.

Electric Long Island Tea

Electric Long Island Tea

Includes ½ ounce of Bourbon in place of Rum and Tequila. Substitute Lemon Lime Soda for Cola per one serving.

California Iced Tea

California Iced Tea

Substitute freshly squeezed orange juice for the Cola.

Long Beach Iced Tea

Long Beach Iced Tea

Substitute Cranberry juice for Cola and eliminate the Lemon juice. This has a nice sour element, pretty colour and fruitier taste.

Blue Long Island Tea

Blue Long Island Tea

Includes ½ ounce or more of blue Curacao instead of soda according to your taste buds for one serving.

Grateful Dead/ Purple Rain or Black Superman

Grateful Dead, Purple Rain or Black Superman

Triple Sec is replaced with a shot of Chambord and the Cola is replaced with Lemon-Lime Soda.

Adios Motherfucker

Adios Motherfucker

Blue Curacao substitutes the Triple Sec and Lemon-Lime Soda substitutes the Cola. Therefore, this drink has a distinctive blue colour.

Tokyo Iced Tea

Tokyo Iced Tea

Midori substitutes the Cola, and this has a unique greenish colour.

Miami Tea

Miami Tea

Includes Peach Schnapps instead of Tequila and Lemon-Lime Soda, Sprite or 7-Up instead of Cola.

Hawaiian Iced Tea

Hawaiian Iced Tea

Substitute Pineapple juice for Cola.

Electric Iced Tea

Electric Iced Tea

Blue Curacao replaces the Triple Sec. This recipe uses Lemon-Lime Soda to create brilliant blue colour.

There are unpopular recipes of using Black Tea instead of Coke for the people who can’t wrap their heads around a Long Island Iced Tea without iced tea. But most Long Island Iced Teas do not include any tea. What is your favourite one?. You can share it with the world in the comment section.


Ingredients List as follows (Per one serving)


  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Pour all the liquids except Cola into the shaker.
  3. Close the shaker properly and shake vigorously until the mixer is well chilled.
  4. Pour the mixer with ice cubes into the glass.
  5. Add a splash of Cola to the top of the glass and gently stir.


  1. Shaker
  2. Swizzle Stick


Normally use Collins glass, Hurricane glass or a High-Ball glass to serve this great drink.

Types of Glasses in a Bar
  1. But if you don’t have a glass like that in your home, you can use any unique shaped glass you have in your cupboard.
  2. Garnish the glass with a lemon wedge and a nice straw. If you want to get a bit fancier, you can use Cherry or a lemon spiral instead of a wedge for the garnishing.


  1. It’s simple enough to make this cocktail at home and it’s very easy to gather all the required ingredients.
  2. Use good quality alcohol to limit the starting flavour. Using top-shelf brands is literally tastes like Iced Tea.
  3. If you want a budget-friendly drink, you can use the least expensive liquors.
  4. It’s easy to make this drink too strong. Many bartenders overpour liquors usually. However, this is not only making the drink stronger, but it is also knocking the taste out of balance.
  5. Keep in mind that the flavour is more important than potency when making a better Long Island Iced Tea.


Per one saving, there must be this much nutrition and calories approximately.

  1. Energy – 328.6 Calories
  2. Fat -0.1 g
  3. Sodium – 12.4 mg
  4. Potassium – 38.7 mg
  5. Carbohydrates (Sugar) – 21.5 g
  6. Dietary Fiber – 0.2g
  7. Carbohydrates (Total) – 24.7 g
  8. Protein – 0.1 g
  9. Vitamin C – 0.1g

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