While Long Island Iced Tea contains a bartender’s laundry list of potent spirits, the one thing it does not contain is tea. Possibly named for its tea-like hue, this subtly sweet and powerfully intoxicating favorite of college kids everywhere owes its deep color to a splash of cola.

Things You'll Need

Fill a cocktail shaker loosely with ice. Don’t pack it in too tightly or it will be hard to mix the drink.

Place equal parts of all ingredients except for the cola and optional lemon slice into your ice-filled cocktail shaker. Use about 1/2 ounce of each ingredient for each drink. White rum and white tequila are preferred for this drink, but you can use any type that you like.

Stir the ingredients until they are thoroughly mixed. A long-handled iced tea spoon or a cocktail stirrer is effective for this.

Fill a tall glass loosely with ice. Strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the tall glass.

Add approximately 3 ounces of cola to the tall glass. Garnish with a lemon slice for a more festive presentation.