An ironically stout Long Island Iced Tea.

With just one week of classes to go, tonight will mark the beginning of a week of “last” hurrahs. We want you to cherish these nights, and Drinking with Bwog is here to help. Let the Columbia Bartending Agency teach you how to make a drink that’s sure to start off your weekend with a bang—the Long Island Iced Tea.

The Long Island Ice Tea comes from—yes, you guessed it—Long Island. It’s said that during the Prohibition era, Long Islanders came up with the brilliant idea of making a potent alcoholic beverage that could be consumed out in public, as it looked more or less like iced tea. Now, that’s just the story behind the drink; in reality, the drink as we know it today was first served in a Long Island bar in the 1970’s. But the first story is better, so let’s stick with that.

In a lot of bars, you’ll find a surgeon general’s warning next to the listing for a Long Island Ice Tea. There’s a reason for that: there’s a ton of alcohol in it. Have fun guys!


0.5 oz Vodka
0.5 oz Gin
0.5 oz Rum
0.5 oz Tequila
0.5 oz Triple Sec
Sour Mix
Splash of Coca-Cola
Lemon Garnish

Fill shaker with ice and then add vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, and sour mix (to fill the glass). Shake until cold and serve in a cup with ice. Add a splash of Coke for color and garnish with a lemon.

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