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Meet Connie Bishop Archer, granddaughter of Charlie “Old Man” Bishop and niece of Ransom Bishop, originators of the Long Island Iced Tea as she shares some of the history and legacy of our famous beverage.

Born in Long Island

Learn the history of Kingsport’s role in this famous drink first-hand from Charlie “Old Man” Bishop’s granddaughter, Connie Bishop Archer.

Journey to Long Island

Hear about the Bishop family’s journey to Kingsport, Tennessee from Connie Archer Bishop

Birth of the Tea

Bishop family member Connie Bishop Archer tells the story of her grandfather and uncle’s famous recipe!

History of Kingsport’s Long Island Iced Tea

The story begins in the 1920’s in the midst of prohibition. Charles Bishop, aka “Old Man Bishop” is known for creating the original Long Island Iced Tea recipe while residing on Long Island in Kingsport, Tennessee. Packing quite the “punch”, the original recipe includes five liquors and maple syrup. In the 1940’s, Old Man Bishop’s son, Ransom Bishop tweaked the original recipe by adding lemon, lime and cola.


The Recipe

The world owes “Old Man Bishop” and Kingsport’s Long Island a big thanks for creating such a legendary drink!

  • 4 oz. Cola
  • Squeeze 1/2 Lemon & 1/2 Lime
  • 1 oz. Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 oz. Tequila
  • 1/2 oz. Gin
  • 1/2 oz. Rum
  • 1 oz. Vodka

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