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).

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Add the gin, tequila, rum, vodka, triple sec, simple syrup, and lemon juice to a collins glass filled with ice. Stir well.

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  • Add cola to the top of the glass and garnish with the lemon wedge.