How to Make T.G.I. Friday's Ultimate Long Island Iced Tea

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T.G.I. Friday's Ultimate Long Island Iced Tea

Home bartenders who want to learn how to make T.G.I. Friday’s Long Island Iced Tea recipe can follow the restaurant chain’s official recipe to create this drink for themselves. While some traditional Long Island Iced Tea versions include tequila, Friday’s recipe uses vodka, gin, rum, brandy, cola, and GranGala, a triple orange liqueur.[1][2]

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Offered by T.G.I. Friday’s
Customer service phone 1-800-FRIDAYS[3]
Served as Drink
Main ingredients Vodka, gin, rum, sweet & sour mix
Cooking method Mixing
Similar to Long Island Iced Tea
Author Selena Robinson

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T.G.I. Friday’s Ultimate Long Island Iced Tea Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounce Smirnoff vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Bombay gin
  • 1/2 ounce light rum[4]
  • 1/2 ounce GranGala
  • 1/2 ounce brandy
  • 2 ounces Sweet & Sour Mix
  • 1 splash Coca-cola[5]
  • Ice cubes
  • Whole lemon

Recipe courtesy of T.G.I. Friday’s[6]

T.G.I. Friday’s Ultimate Long Island Iced Tea Recipe

  1. Pour the Smirnoff vodka into a drink mixer with a strainer.
  2. Add the Bombay gin.
  3. Add the light rum.
  4. Add the GranGala.
  5. Pour in the brandy.
  6. Pour in the Sweet & Sour Mix.
  7. Add ice cubes to the mixer.
  8. Screw the mixer top on securely and shake the drink for a few seconds.
  9. Use the strainer to pour the drink into a serving glass.
  10. Top the drink with the cola.
  11. Cut the whole lemon in half crosswise. Set one half aside.
  12. Squeeze the other lemon half into the drink twice to garnish it. If you don't have a fresh lemon, use one tablespoon of lemon juice.[7]
  13. Cut the remaining lemon half in two to form wedges.
  14. Stick one of the lemon quarters on the top edge of the glass.
  15. Serve with a straw.

Cocktails: Long Island Iced Tea

This video recipe provides an explanation of how to prepare a traditional Long Island Iced Tea cocktail.


In addition to garnishing the Long Island Iced Tea with lemon juice, the restaurant also serves the drink with two lemon wedges on top. Cooks can add this finishing touch to their drinks, if desired. While T.G.I. Fridays suggests serving the drink in a Collins glass, any serving glass can be used. The official recipe recommends specific brands of liquor in this cocktail, including Smirnoff, Bombay, and Bacardi, but home bartenders can use their favorite brands or locally available brands, if they wish.

To prepare variations of the traditional Long Island Iced Tea recipe, cooks may want to try replacing the Coca-Cola with pineapple juice to make a Hawaiian Iced tea. To prepare a Long Beach Iced Tea, they can replace Coca-Cola with cranberry juice.[8]

After serving T.G.I. Friday’s Long Island Iced Tea, hosts might want to make some of the restaurant’s other specialty drinks such as Ultimate Mango Berry Daiquiri or Ultimate Margarita.

Also See: How to Make T.G.I. Friday's Ultimate Mango Berry Daiquiri, How to Make T.G.I. Friday's Ultimate Margarita, How to Make Bartender Sour Mix, How to Make Bartender Lime Mix