Friday, February 22, 2013

INSIDE KNOWLEDGE: Who Invented Long Island Iced Tea?

Long Island Iced Tea | INVENTORS | PBS Digital Studios

Bob "Rosebud" Butt is credited with inventing the Long Island Iced Tea while he was a bartender at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island in the 1970s. Bob may not be the first bartender to have made a mixed drink resembling iced tea -- some stories say that a similar drink was mixed during prohibition -- but Bob says he's pretty sure he's the first person to come up with this particular recipe. I've included Bob in this series because it reminds me that not every invention has to be serious, or for profit, or part of a larger plan.

If you drink, please drink responsibly.

'Inventors' is a series of portrait videos by filmmaker and photographer David Friedman, chronicling the work of contemporary inventors from all walks of life. It offers rare glimpses into the inspiration for their creations, which range from the first digital camera and first video game console to a drive-able amphibious ice-fishing vehicle.


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