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Long Island Iced Tea with Wine

Feeling a little repentant today? Try my Penitent Punch which is a wine lover’s version of a Long Island Iced Tea.  This twist on a classic cocktail will bring you to your knees! Instead of a splash of cola, it’s topped with wine.

Overhead view of a glass of Penitent Punch

Long Island Iced Tea

This post comes with a humbling story and a lame movie reference but hang with me as I share a recipe for my penitent punch; a twist on a classic cocktail that will bring you to your knees!

A Long Island Iced Tea has always been a cocktail that will do just that (the knee bringing part.) Come to think of it, I recently read an article written by bartenders about the drinks that you should immediately stop ordering. 

This was one of them. The reason being, a Long Island Iced Tea is a very strong drink and you tend to get intoxicated faster which is a bad thing. Why?

drunk fast=fewer drinks=a lower bar bill=small tip

Bartenders want to keep the drinks flowing and a Long Island Tea puts a cork in that!

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Two glasses of wine cocktails with straws

What is a Long Island Iced Tea?

A Long Island drink is 5 Spirits, a touch of lemon juice, and a topping of cola to give it the “tea” coloring. One that will humble you quite quickly.

I have never had one before as I was never brave enough to try it until last summer, albeit under the guise of another name. More on that later…

Why do they call it that?

As the story goes, a bartender from Long Island was challenged to make a strong cocktail that looked like iced tea. Challenge accepted, challenge won!

How much alcohol is in it?

Quite a bit actually. This strong mixed drink is actually 80% alcohol and 20% mixer. WHOA! No wonder I can’t have more than two, LOL!

What alcohol is in a Long Island Iced Tea?

Being 80% alcohol, this cocktail is pretty complex. Not sure why someone decided to put all these together but I am pretty glad they did. Maybe they were trying to use up the last remaining sips from a bunch of different bottles?

Ingredients Needed

  • Gin (1 part)
  • Rum (1 part)
  • Tequila (1 part)
  • Vodka (1 part)
  • Triple Sec (1 part)
  • Cola (I use red wine instead) (1 part)
  • Sour Mix (1 part)
Slowly pouring the wine over the top of the cocktail to create a beautiful effect.

What is triple sec?

Triple sec is sweet orange flavored liqueur made from dried orange peels.

How strong is it?

Very, so drink responsibly! And be sure to hydrate in between drinks if you plan on having more than one. Oh, and a designated driver too!

Does it contain tea?

This unassuming cocktail is camouflaged as iced tea even though it doesn’t actually contain any iced tea at all. Unless the serve accidentally adds more tea to your glass.

Close up of two glasses of wine long island iced tea

Where did it come from?

The pizza joint where I tried the cocktail called it a Humble Tea and boy, did it ever humble me. I should have known better when the cocktail menu stated a “3 Drink Maximum” under the name.

Normally there is a minimum listed but this is the first time I had seen a MAXIMUM. Surely a typo but that didn’t stop me from ordering one. Upon verification by our server, while I was sucking my first one down through a straw, there is a 3 drink maximum. PER DAY!

As I approached the bottom of my second one it became apparent why you can only have three. The tart and fruity flavors of the Humble Tea remind me of a raspberry lemonade but the sheer amount of alcohol in it catches up to you in no time. Since we were walking back to the hotel I had one more or the road.

This was a humungous mistake because I don’t remember much after we got back to the room and my screaming headache didn’t help as I sat on my knees in the bathroom praying to the Porcelain God the next morning. HUMBLE INDEED!

Two liters of water and a sleeve of Saltine crackers later, I finally had my wits about me. A mistake not to be repeated that trip I assure you, but we did go back to the pizza place again. I had to ask what was in the Humble Tea before we left so I could share this drink with all my friends.

The gorgeous ombre effect of the Penitent Punch shows in this side view of the glasses

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Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • After you mix the spirits together, yes all 5 of them, you add the sour mix and combine.
  • Pour it over ice in a tall glass leaving some room at the top for the wine.
  • Slowly pour the wine on the top of the cocktail with the help of a spoon to make a gorgeous layered or ombre effect.
  • You will want to stir the drink to combine all the flavors but it sure is pretty to look at like this!
  • Their recipe uses a pinot noir but for my Penitent Punch I fruited it up even more by using a red sangria.

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image of penitent punch cocktail with text "long island iced wine - penitent punch"

The Penitent Punch cocktail is almost all alcohol and it is very strong so please drink responsibly. It tastes like a fruity lemonade-style drink but it packs a punch! No pun intended…

Red Wine Long Island Iced Tea

Feeling a little repentant today? Try my Penitent Punch which is a wine lover's version of a Long Island Iced Tea.  It will bring you to your knees!
4.65 from 28 votes
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Course: Drinks and Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 235kcal
Author: Jennifer Stewart


  • 1 ounce Gin
  • 1 ounce White Rum
  • 1 ounce Tequila Blanco or Silver
  • 1 ounce Vodka
  • 1 ounce Triple Sec
  • 2 ounces Sour Mix Homemade is best
  • 3 ounces Red Wine I use a fruity sangria


  • Mix the gin, rum, tequila, vodka, triple sec, and sour mix in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add ice to two tall glasses.
  • Pour the punch mixture over the ice.
  • Add wine to the top of each glass.
  • Don’t stir it if you want to keep the ombre effect, but it tastes much better after you do.


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Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Sodium: 4mg | Sugar: 12g

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Recipe Rating


Thursday 11th of April 2024

This looks like hangover in a glass. And yet...I still want to try it!

Jennifer Stewart

Friday 12th of April 2024

It pretty much is. Be sure to hydrate before and after!


Sunday 30th of October 2022

I live in a town in Wisconsin where Long Islands come in 32 oz. glasses and most restaurants serve over ten different types. We all get very disappointed when we go somewhere else and they are in a weird little regular-sized glass!


Friday 22nd of October 2021

What is your go to wine for this?


Friday 22nd of October 2021

I like a pinot noir or a red blend!

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Sunday 17th of May 2020


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