Robert “Rosebud” Butt claims to have invented the Long Island Iced Tea in 1972 while tending the Oak Beach Inn bar, Suffolk County, New York state. Fair enough.

But we at Ladyland prefer to believe another story. That this delicious cocktail was invented by some cheeky Long Island housewives who mixed up this innocent “iced tea” with a shot from each of the bottles in their husbands’ drinks cabinets, so the men wouldn’t notice. We like their style.

This cocktail is like one of Emilio Pucci’s coloured scarfs, fresh, full of flavours, irreverent, and a real blast – in other words, perfect for a dance off. 70s housewives were not that desperate after all…


  • 15ml vodka
  • 15ml gin
  • 15ml tequila
  • 15ml triple sec
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 25ml sugar syrup
  • Coca Cola (no Diet or Zero)
  • lemon peel to garnish


Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add all the ingredients and top up with Coke to finish. Garnish with cocktail umbrellas and lemon peel (the zest really adds to the drink).

The original recipe uses sour mix instead of lemon juice and sugar syrup but, as it’s more difficult to find this side of the ocean, we thought better to replace it with natural ingredients. And if you don’t have any sugar syrup at hand, boil equal parts of sugar and water for 5 minutes and then leave to cool and thicken, that’s it.

Photography & styling: Margherita Poggiali