The Classic Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail with Grand Marnier Recipe

The Long Island Iced Tea cocktail is a highball alcoholic mixed drink like no other. Typically made with different base spirits such as Gin, Rum, Vodka, and Tequila – all in equal proportions; it is safe to say the cocktail is high in alcohol content.

If you want to share some history with your guests, then you can tell them that while the exact origin of the Long Island Iced Tea is often debated, the drink recipe is more likely to have originated from the same place with the regular iced tea. This may not be all too surprising as they both have a similar texture and taste.

This recipe shows you how to make the classic Long Island Iced Tea cocktail with Grand Marnier. In some other variations of this drink, the Grand Marnier may be substituted by other orange liqueurs such as Triple Sec or Cointreau. In some recipes, Brandy is also used as a base spirit.

This drink can contain as much as 25% alcoholic content and when compared to other highball drink, the Long Island Iced Tea packs a little knock. Here’s how you can make one.


  • 1 part of Anejo Tequila
  • 1 part of Vodka
  • 1 part of Lemon Juice
  • 1 part of Gin
  • 1 part of White Rum
  • 2 parts Gomme Syrup
  • 1 part of Grand Marnier
  • A dash of cola

1. Start by adding ice cubes into a martini shaker
2. Then a shot of Vodka
3. Followed by a shot of Gin
4. Add one shot of Tequila to the mix
5. Then add a shot of Light or White Rum
6. Add one shot of freshly squeezed lemon juice
7. Add one shot of Grand Marnier into the martini shaker
8. Add two shots of Gomme syrup
9. Shake the entire content in the shaker so the ingredients can mix well.
10. Add some ice cubes into your highball glass
11. Strain the mixture in the shaker into this highball over ice
12. Then top this off with cola
13. Add lemon peel to garnish the drink.

And there you have it!
The perfect classic Long Island Tea Cocktail. Seeing as there are many different base spirits used in this recipe, it is easy to get creative with variations by simply changing or substituting one or more ingredients, sometimes I like adding my favorite Orangina drink, you can check out pricing here. 

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Jay Stankiewicz

Jay Stankiewicz

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Father, musician, artist, web guru. Jay Stankiewicz is the creator of this blog and works currently as a web developer.

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