Drink of The Weekend – April 19th –

- Long Island Iced Tea -

Welcome to the next edition of  the FANFOOD Drink of the Weekend. Every weekend we will provide you with recipes for great drinks that are perfect for your backyard BBQ, or at your next tailgate party. There will be no silly concoctions that involve special glasses, have fancy names or ones that you need to pair with food. In other words, they are Manly drinks, ones that you would be proud to serve to your buddies while watching a hockey game.

This week it’s Long Island Iced Tea

A Long Island Iced Tea is made with, among other ingredients, vodka, gin, tequila, and rum. A popular version mixes equal parts vodka, gin, tequila, rum, and triple sec with 1½ parts sour mix and a splash of cola. Most variants do not include any tea, despite the name of the drink, and some restaurants substitute brandy for the tequila.

The drink has a much higher alcohol concentration (about 22 percent) than most highball drinks due to the relatively small amount of mixer. Long islands can be ordered “extra long”, which further increases the alcohol to mixer ratio.

Robert “Rosebud” Butt claims to have invented the drink as an entry in a contest to create a new mixed drink including Triple Sec, in 1972 while he worked at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island, NY. Local rumors also ascribe the origin to either Butt or another bartender at the Oak Beach Inn, Chris Bendicksen.

Alternatively, a slightly different drink is claimed to have been invented in the 1920s during Prohibition, by an “Old Man Bishop” in a local community named Long Island in Kingsport, Tennessee. The drink was then perfected by his son, Ransom Bishop. This drink included whiskey and maple syrup, and varied quantities of the 5 liquors, rather than the modern one with cola and 4 equal portions of the 4 liquors. (see recipe below).


Our version is made with homemade sour mix with two types to choose from.


FANFOOD Perfect Long Island Iced Tea


1 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Herradura Gold Tequila
1 oz. Light Rum
1 oz. Gin
1 oz. Grand Marnier®

5 oz. FANFOOD homemade sweet and sour mix
or John’s Margarita mix

2 oz. Coke
1 lime wedge


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice; pour in vodka, tequila, rum, gin, G.M &
FANFOOD sweet and sour mix, or

John’s Margarita mix

Cover and shake until the outside of the shaker is frosty.
Place a few cubes of ice into a highball glass, and strain in the cocktail.

Top with the cola, and garnish with a wedge of lime.




1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup fresh citrus juice:
4 limes
1 meyer lemon
3 seville oranges


In a medium saucepan over low heat, add all of the ingredients.
Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Cook for 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat and let cool.
Strain to remove any pulp.
Pour into a sterile bottle.
Keep in the fridge until ready to use.

Makes about 2 cups

The Prohibition-era Long Island Iced Tea from Tennessee

as recorded by Ransom Bishop


One fresh lemon half
One fresh lime half
Squeeze both into a pint glass.


½ oz. Rum
1 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Whiskey
½ oz. Gin
½ oz. Tequila
½ oz. Maple Syrup

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