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Meet the Tokyo Iced Tea, the Long Island Iced Tea’s Long-Lost Cousin

Photography by Ali Redmond

If you’ve noticed a neon green cocktail popping up on your TikTok feed—and no, it’s not the Grinch cocktail—you’re certainly not alone. The drink in question? Tokyo Iced Tea. Videos featuring this recipe have a combined total of roughly 31 million views on TikTok and the trend shows no signs of slowing down.

Like many of our favorite cocktails, the origins of this spritzy sipper are quite murky. We do know it wasn’t invented in Tokyo and, according to Punch, there has yet to be a person dubbed the Tokyo Tea creator. But (as always) there are some theories.