Cheers! The long Island iced tea’s prettier little sister

The Long Island Iced Tea is a rather infamous cocktails. Chock full of enough booze to get most people sozzled off just the fumes, this potent concoction is one I normally avoid with a ten foot pole for fear of flashbacks concerning a different type of pole, and some very awesome bad dancing! Hey, don’t judge me!

But, despite it’s cousin’s prior debauchery, this strawberry iced tea is just too darn pretty to NOT have at least a sip or three of, don’t you think?


1.8 liters hot black tea
1/3 – 2/3 cup superfine sugar
1/4 to 1/2 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
900g strawberries, fresh, washed and hulled
Vodka , Tequila or gin to taste



1 – Pour the tea into a ceramic or glass mixing bowl. Add the 1/3 (or more) cup of sugar and the lemon juice. Stir through to dissolve the sugar. Test to see if it requires additional sweetening or lemon juice and adjust accordingly.

2 – Set aside to cool.

3 – Put several strawberries to one side for garnish. Puree the remaining strawberries. Push the puree through a fine-sieve to remove pips, etc. Press on the mixture with the back of a wooden spoon.

4 – Once the tea has cooled, add the puree and mix through thoroughly. Place in the refrigerator for at least a half hour to chill.

5 – Add a nip of your favourite white spirit and a few ice cubes to each glass, fill with strawberry iced tea mix, garnish with one of the remaining strawberries. Enjoy!



This recipe has been adapted from a recipe on, image of Rhubarb tea by Lara Farroni  via Pinterest.


Kate McKibbin (Editor)

Kate McKibbin (Editor)

Before launching in 2007 I worked for a whole bunch of women's glossies both here and in the UK including Shop Til You Drop, New Woman (RIP), (also RIP), Cosmopolitan UK, and I even had a column in FHM (RI... I might be jinxed!). And before all that I was listing shopping as my number one hobby from about the age of five.

  1. Oh that looks AMAZING!! Thanks for posting this now and not mid-week – now I get to make some and rink it now instead of having to wait! 😀

  2. oH WOW! Can not wait to try this little special cocktail. Birthday drinks anyone?! 🙂