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Long Island Iced Tea

A Long Island Iced Tea is a mixed cocktail originating in prohibition era Kingsport, Tennessee by a man named Charles "Old Man" Bishop. The recipe was later tweaked by Robert Bishop, the son of Charles Bishop.

The drink was named after the Long Island of the Holston, which is where Charles Bishop's speakeasy was located in Kingsport. Due to prohibition it was made to look like iced tea, thus despite its name, it doesn't contain any tea.

The Long Island Iced Tea later gained nation wide popularity in the 1970's, after Robert "Rosebud" Butt had entered his rendition of the drink into a contest which took place in New York city.


Alternate Recipe[]

Long Beach Tea[]

To make a Long Beach Tea, use cranberry juice instead of Coke.


  1. Shake all the ingredients except the coke with ice and strain into a highball glass.
  2. Pour the coke on the top and serve with lemon slice (don't forget it has to look like an iced tea, so don't pour too much Coke).

Alternate Recipe[]

  1. Fill a highball glass until it's almost full with ice.
  2. Add equal parts of vodka, gin, rum, and triple sec.
  3. Add sweet and sour, leaving some room on top.
  4. Splash in the coke and enjoy.