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Remembering Robert “Rosebud” Butt
May 1, 2008 by Henry E. Powderly II
Charles Foster Kane wasn’t asking for his boyhood sled at all. He just wanted a stiff drink to go out on.
Maybe not, but today we remember Robert “Rosebud” Butt, the inventor of one of Long Island’s most ubiquitous namesakes: the Long Island Iced tea.
Here’s the history, from Wisconsin’s The Journal Record:
In 1976, a bartender named Robert “Rosebud” Butt at the Oak Beach Inn of Hampton Bays, Long Island, N.Y., threw together equal parts vodka, gin, rum, tequila and triple sec, plus a little cola to give it a tea-like color. By the mid-1980s, the popularity of Butt’s invention far outweighed that of his last name.
And why do they taste so good?
The juniper berries in the gin mix with the molasses of the rum, which reacts with the agave of the tequila.
The vodka adds more liquor with neutral flavor, and you then find a chemical compound close to the same taste as regular iced tea, which all but eliminates strong alcohol flavors.
The triple sec and sour mix is the added sour.
Enjoy, but do so in moderation
THIS IS WHAT O'NEILL'S DID FOR A PROMOTION, VERY  BUSY NIGHT.