Labor Day symbolizes the time to say so long to the summer; it’s the last gasp of long, warm weather weekends before we jump into apple picking, sweater season, and pumpkin spice lattés. And what a summer it has been—we could celebrate the holiday with a wine spritzer or a piña colada, but this year’s turbulence calls for something a little stronger. Behold, the Long Island Iced Tea.

This classic cocktail contains five types of alcohol—gin, tequila, rum, vodka, and triple sec—alongside a splash of lemon juice, simple syrup, and Cola. But before you write it off as a way-too-boozy beverage, rest assured: the flavors work. So stir one up and sip it slowly as you say farewell to the summer (and never look back).

The most notable achievement of the Long Island Iced Tea is that for a cocktail that sounds disgusting on paper—vodka, gin, tequila and rum in the same glass—it actually comes together in a deceptively easy-drinking package. Perhaps this is why the perception of its strength persists, not because of the overall alcohol content of the drink, but how quickly and easily they can be chugged.

Long Island Iced Tea Ingredients

    ¾ ounce vodka
    ¾ ounce rum
    ¾ ounce tequila
    ¾ ounce gin
    ¾ ounce triple sec
    ½ ounce simple syrup
    ½ ounce lemon juice
    Cola
    Garnish: lemon wedge.

Long Island Iced Tea Directions

    Combine all ingredients in a tall glass with ice.
    Briefly stir to combine.
    Top with a splash of cola.
    Garnish with a lemon wedge.

Combine all ingredients except garnish in a Collins glass. Give a few swirls with a straw and garnish if you want, or just drink.

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