The Tall Glass Series: Everything is Bigger In Texas

Perhaps the best-known highball cocktail, the Texas Ice Tea, also known as the Long Island Ice Tea, might also be the most potent.

Make no mistake: There’s no actual ice tea in this drink and, in fact, very little mixer (to this you can attribute the high alcohol concentration, about 22 percent)—though the origins of this classic cocktail are disputed, the name relates to the resemblance to the comparatively demure beverage.

Texas Ice Tea


½ ounce tequila

½ ounce vodka

½ ounce white rum

½ ounce triple sec

½ ounce gin

Just under 1 ounce fresh lemon juice

1 ounce sugar syrup, maple syrup or honey

A dash of cola (Coke, Pepsi, Root Beer, Brio, Chinotto or whatever you flavour)


Mix all ingredients in a highball filled with ice. Stir. Garnish with a piece of lemon peel or wedge.