Save the Long Island Iced Tea

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Support your city of Long Island!

Help us re-claim the right to call Long Island the true home of the Long Island Iced Tea!

In early May, Kingsport (Tenn.) distributed a nationwide press release reclaiming its place in history as home of the Original Long Island Iced Tea. The city’s tourism officials say the drink was first concocted in the 1920s by Charlie “Old Man” Bishop, a well-known illegal liquor distributor who lived on the Kingsport’s Long Island.

That proclamation didn’t sit well with Butch Yamali, owner of Hudson’s on the Mile, a popular bar in Long Island, N.Y.  Yamali sent a letter to Kingsport Mayor John Clark and Visit Kingsport, disputing Kingsport’s claim, declaring that Robert “Rosebud” Butt of Long Island, N.Y. invented the Long Island Iced Tea in 1972. The bar owner also challenged Kingsport to a duel with bragging rights over the popular drink on the line.

Support Long Island in claiming that the Long Island Iced Tea truly originated in Long Island!

Support us in person at the Battle of the best Long Island Iced Tea on Wednesday June 27th !!

 When & Where:

  • Hudson's on the Mile located at 340 Woodcleft Ave. Freeport NY 
  • 4:00 PM

Rules of Competition:

  • Contest gives the winner the right to call its recipe for the drink the “Best Long Island Iced Tea”
  • Each city will bring their best bartender to each meeting
  • The contest will feature a Blind Taste Test involving five tasters who will choose between Drink A and Drink B
  • The host city will provide two tasters and the remaining three spots will be chosen from a lottery of attendees at that event’s tasting
  • The winning city of each round will get to participate in a flag raising ceremony – and will also clean the opposing team’s bar
  • The grand prize winner will receive the “Best Long Island Iced Tea” championship belt