Long Island Iced Tea

Photo: Mike Krautter
Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
1 drink

For an absolute classic, replace the tea syrup and seltzer with 1/2 cup cola.


  • cup granulated sugar

  • 4 black tea bags

  • ½ ounce each gin, vodka, light rum, tequila, and triple sec

  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice, plus very thinly sliced lemon rounds for serving

  • ¼ cup seltzer


  1. Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a simmer in a pot, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; add tea bags and let steep 10 minutes. Remove and discard bags; let cool completely. Refrigerate 1 hour or up to 1 week.

  2. For each cocktail, fill a tall glass with ice. Add 2 ounces tea syrup, the alcohols, lemon juice and seltzer. Stir. Garnish with a lemon round; serve immediately.

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