The awesome origin of the Long Island Iced Tea

Colin Joliat Alcohol & Food Editor

Would you believe me if I told you that the Long Island Ice Tea was invented as part challenge to use Triple Sec in a drink? Well, if Bob Butt is to be believed, which he is, that’s exactly how the cocktail came to be.

I haven’t seen anything from PBS other than remixes lately, but I’m all ears if they want to profile cocktail inventors. I typically assume all drinks are age old recipes, the origins of which have long been lost to bar fires. In this case it turned out that a bartender just wanted to put all the clear liquors into a glass. Now that’s a mixologist!

PBS Inventors — Bob Butt, Inventor of the Long Island Iced Tea [LaughingSquid]

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