What is in a Long Island Iced Tea?
A Long Island Iced Tea is a type of alcoholic cocktail consisting of 5 different liquors combined to create a strong, yet sweet and fruity flavor. The traditional recipe contains:
- Light Rum
- Triple Sec
In addition to the spirits, the drink typically contains a splash of cola, a dash of lemon, and some simple syrup to taste. All the ingredients are then combined together in a tall glass with lots of ice.
A single 12-ounce serving of a Long Island Iced Tea contains as much as 180 calories, 20g of sugar, and 15% of the US Recommended Daily Allowance of alcohol. Since the drink contains 5 different kinds of spirits, it should be consumed responsibly and in moderation.
The traditional Long Island Iced Tea recipe can be adapted to suit different tastes and preferences. Popular variations often substitute one or two of the spirits for something else, such as white wine or whiskey, or switch out the cola for something else like grapefruit juice or cranberry juice.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can mix and match different liquors, juices, and syrups until you find the perfect combo. When you’re happy with your concoction, share it with friends and start your own version of a Long Island Iced Tea!