A group of Freeport bartenders has declared “war” on a city in Tennessee. Bartenders from the Nautical Mile have challenged the city of Kingsport, Tennessee, for the naming rights to the Long Island iced tea. The Kingsport tourism board claimed in a recent campaign that the cocktail was actually invented in Long Island, Tennessee, 50 years before Robert Butt, a bartender at the Oak Beach Inn said he came up with the drink. Butch Yamali, owner of Hudson’s on the Mile, called Kingsport’s claim an affront to Butt and to all Long Islanders, in a letter he sent to the city’s mayor and tourism bureau Thursday.
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