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Tennessee Town Lays Claim To Long Island Iced Tea, LI Bar Owner Says ‘They’re Crazy’

May 11, 2018 - 9:35 am
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ISLAND PARK, N.Y. (1010 WINS) -- If you're of a certain age and you grew up on Long Island, you know that the Long Island Iced Tea is a relatively recent invention -- supposedly dating back to 1972, in the Hamptons.

The people of Kingsport, Tennessee say they actually invented it 50 years earlier, and that it's named after a different Long Island that sits in the Holston River in Kingsport.

Butch Yamali of Peter's Clam Bar fame is having none of that.

"Keep on dreaming, next they're gonna claim the Brooklyn Bridge. They're crazy, you know I just want to challenge them and make sure they understand who really made this drink," he said.

The winners would get the naming rights to the drink once and for all. The losers would have to clean the opponents bars and bathrooms.

The southerners said they haven't received an official challenge letter yet, but they're down for it. No word on where the epic battle will be fought.