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  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.  Nicknamed "Rosebud" by OBI owner Bob Matherson, 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 OBI.  By the mid-1970's, every bar on LI was serving up this innocent looking cocktail, and by the 1980's it was known the world over.  Though it looks like the Iced Tea your Mom serves on a summer day, it is actually a combination of 5 different alcohols, with a splash of Coke.  Mention Long Island Iced Tea at a party, and almost everyone has a story to tell....
                                                               
      
 
JAY LENO: I think this Amy Fisher has gone way too far. Now bars are selling an Amy Fisher Cocktail. Have you had this? It's a Long Island Iced Tea with a shot on the side.
-- NEWSDAY, 1/31/93, pg. 8.
Long Island Iced Tea
The Recipe:
 
2 cups ice cubes
1 part vodka
1 part gin
1 part white rum
1 part white tequila
1/2 part triple sec
1/2 part sour mix
1 splash Coke
Lemon wedges for garnish
 
      DOWN THE HATCH
 
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Some common myths surrounding the origin of the Long Island Iced Tea include...
~ Invented by housewives who used a little of each type of alcohol in their cabinets so their husbands wouldn't notice...
~ Invented during prohibition when bartenders commonly disguised alcoholic drinks to look like non-alcoholic drinks...
~Invented by "Old Man Bishop" in Kingsport Tennessee and passed down to his son Ransom...
**Possibly similar concoctions were created elsewhere, at another time, but the Long Island Iced Tea, as we know and love it,  is truly a product of Long Island, created by a true Long Islander, at a Genuine Long Island institution with a famous story all it's own.   

The Oak Beach Inn, commonly referred to by the abbreviation OBI, was a Long Island nightclub located in Oak Beach, on Jones Beach Island in the village of Bay Shore, in the Town of Babylon, Suffolk County, New York
 

In 1969, Robert Matherson bought what was then a waterfront barrier island restaurant and converted it into an enormously popular (and controversial) nightclub. He later opened four more OBI night clubs and named them according to their geographic location. The OBI North was in Smithtown, the OBI East near the Shinnecock Canal en route to The Hamptons, and two OBI West locations in Island Park, New York. All five clubs were located on Long Island and were wildly successful for many years, bringing folks in from all over Long Island, New York City, Westchester, southern Connecticut and New Jersey. One of the OBI West locations burned down after only a couple of years of packing in thousands on the weekends. Arson involving organized crime figures referred to in the movie "Goodfellas" was alleged but never substantiated.
 

Over the years, the OBI was involved in many disputes with the local community over issues such as noise, parking and traffic. Finally, in 1999, Matherson sold the property and moved to Key West, Florida to open a new club of the same name. The original property was torn down in 2003.
 
~~Courtesy of Wikipedia
 
Why is it that this strange combination of spirits and soda actually tastes very similar to iced tea? We could tell you that it's because the juniper in the gin reacts with the molasses in the rum, creating a flavor that combines with the agave in the tequila that implodes with the neutral characteristics of the vodka, resulting in a chemical compound that, when looked at under a microscope, resembles the molecules found in tea leaves grown in Sri Lanka (on the south slopes, of course), but that would serve no purpose at all. The fact is, for one strange reason or another, this weird mixture of ingredients tastes like iced tea. And in that regard, it's a dangerous mix. 
  ~Cocktail specialists Gary and Mardee Haidin Regan
The LIIT under a microscope Molecular Expressions
Popular culture
Marge Simpson, in The Simpsons episode The Great Money Caper, once quipped: "I'd like to visit that Long Island place, if only it were real," after having several servings of Long Island Iced Tea. Also, in The Simpsons Hit and Run, if the player runs around for too long while playing as Marge, she exclaims "I need a Long Island Iced tea!"
 
In the movie Cruel Intentions, the innocent girl Cecile Caldwell is drinking what she thinks is regular iced tea, and says: "This doesn't taste like iced tea". The quick reply she gets is: "It's from Long Island".
 
In the Broadway musical Avenue Q, the two cute but dangerous Bad Idea Bears give a Long Island Iced Tea to another character to get them drunk enough for sex.
 
In Night Court, Markie Post's character gets drunk after drinking a few too many Long Islands. She assumed it was just iced tea. 
 
A similar thing happened in That '70s Show, when Donna went on her first date with Eric.
 
In Sex and the City, Charlotte gets drunk on Long Islands.
 
In Gilmore Girls, Lorelai warns her daughter, Rory, against this cocktail. "Honey, someday, when you're a little older, you will be introduced to something that is extremely seductive but fickle," she says in the episode "Red Light on the Wedding Night." "A fair-weather friend who seems benign but packs a wallop like a donkey kick, and that is the Long Island Iced Tea. The Long Island Iced Tea makes you do things that you normally wouldn't do, like lifting your skirt in public or calling someone you normally wouldn't call at really weird times."
 
  ~Courtesy of Answers.com 
"Drinking a Long Island Iced Tea when not thirsty is one of the few things that separates us from the Beast."
 
~Rosebud
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Long Island Iced Tea
A song by: Cadillac Moon
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(Campbell,Deery,Santoriello)
When she puts herself together she tears me all apart
She goes right to my head like a bullet through my heart
She looks so sweet and innocent, standing cool and tall
And she keeps me coming back for more just to see me crawl.
She's one shot temptation, two shots ecstacy. She's my Long, Long Island IcedTea
She goes down easy, brings me to my knees. She's my Long, Long Island Iced Tea
 
Yeah, on a hot summer evening well she lets the good times roll
I know that when I find her, I lose my self control
She's an angel, she's a devil she's a voodoo vixen chiId
I may be hurtin' in the morning but tonight I'm runnin' wild
She's one shot temptation, two shots ecstacy. She's my Long, Long Island Iced Tea
She goes down easy, brings me to my knees. She's my Long, Long Island Iced Tea
 
A kiss of danger at my fingertips. Her spirit fills me up her taste is on my lips.
My magic potion, my bitches brew. Yeah, she's got me doin' things I never thought I'd do
She's one shot temptation, two shots ecstacy. She's my Long, Long Island Iced Tea
She goes down easy, brings me to my knees. She's my Long, Long Island Iced Tea
She's one shot temptation, two shots ecstacy. She's my Long, Long Island Iced Tea
She goes down easy, brings me to my knees. She's my Long, Long Island Iced Tea
 
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