The only reason it is being called an Iced Tea is because it takes the same colour of its namesake when served.
There is a bit of controversy regarding the history of the Long Island Iced Tea, with one account claiming it dates back to a drink called the “Old Man Bishop” made in a local community named Long Island in Kingsport, Tennessee by a man named—wait for it—Old Man Bishop.
That drink, which was later perfected by Ransom Bishop, Old Man Bishop’s son, had maple syrup, whiskey and variants of tequila, vodka, rum, triple sec and gin in it.
However, the second account holds that the drink was invented by Robert “Rosebud” Butt during a contest to create a new mixed drink with Triple Sec, in 1972 while he worked at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island, New York.
Rosebud’s variation is made with cola and five equal portions of the five liquors, and is the one which has become the most popular worldwide.
Although Butt agrees that “Possibly similar concoctions were created elsewhere, at another time,” which gives credence to the mention of Long Island Iced Tea recipe in Betty Crocker’s New Picture Cook Book in 1961, but he still maintains that he invented the drink.
“The world famous Long Island Iced Tea was first invented in 1972 by me, Robert Butt, while I was tending bar at the infamous Oak Beach Inn. I participated in a cocktail creating contest. Triple Sec had to be included, and the bottles started flying. My concoction was an immediate hit and quickly became the house drink at the Oak Beach Inn. By the mid-1970s, every bar on Long Island was serving up this innocent-looking cocktail, and by the 1980s it was known the world over.”
Well, for lovers of this drink, it would be nice to know who invented it, but not being sure won’t matter much as long as they can make a good kick at home to enjoy.
So how do you make the Long Island Iced Tea?
What you need
- 2 cups ice cubes
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce white rum
- 1 ounce white tequila
- 1/2 ounce Triple Sec
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup cola, or to taste
- 2 lemon wedges
How to make
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add vodka, gin, rum, tequila, Triple Sec, and lemon juice into the shaker.
- Cover and shake vigorously to combine and chill.
- Pour the mixture, ice and all, into 2 glasses or beer mugs and top off with the cola.
- Garnish with lemon wedges.
- Serve.(Best served chilled)