Friday, November 21, 2008

Sweet Tea Vodka

For Sig. Keswick's 26th birthday party, I thought it the perfect occasion to test out Firefly's new Sweet Tea vodka. Yes, Sweet. Tea. Vodka. My good friend, a North Carolina native, told me about it after hearing about it during a trip home. When we were buying the courvoissier for the baklava cheesecake, there it was right next to the cashier! It was fate.

Now, growing up, I didn't actually think I liked iced tea because I never had "real" iced tea until I had fresh iced tea at my friend's house in high school. I'm from a part of Virginia where, when you order "iced tea," they hear what the "Yankees" call "sweetened ice tea." You don't even have to specify "sweet iced tea" or "sweet tea." I'm probably not as much of a connoisseur as a gal whose mum made it fresh every day after school (oh the joys of being a first generation mix of the motherland and the new), but I know what good sweet tea should taste like.

So, how was it? The back instructs to mix 1 part water to 1 part vodka and a dash of fresh lemon. The verdict? Ridiculously delicious - dangerously so. It tasted JUST LIKE the real thing + an added bite from the alcohol. I don't recommend the 1:1 ratio for Sweet Tea vodka rookies. This is vodka, after all. And if you want this to be your one and only drink of the night, you'll want to cut it with some water - that's all you need.

Wouldn't this be something great to use for a personalized martini with a southern flair? Or you could serve it with some lemonade for at your bachelorette party! The possibilities are endless. I'm so excited to see what concoctions today's mixologists come up with this new development.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every restaurant in Charleston, SC, where Firefly is located, has specialty drinks with this in it. For the first few months of the summer it was flying off the shelves of liquor stores, and restaurants would run out of it every week. It was nearly impossible to get in Charleston, let alone outside. It's a great drink, considering Firefly's regular vodka is horrid.

For anyone looking for inspiration, I'd recommend calling Charleston restaurants for ideas. After all, Charleston is the original Southern city, and its economy depends on tourism, resulting in the best cocktails made from Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka.

Monday, November 24, 2008 5:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow that sounds interesting.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 2:44:00 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

I'm so glad someone else in the area has heard of sweet tea vodka! It is a personal favorite and I make it a point to lug bottles back with me from every trip to South Carolina. In fact after our last trip to Charleston we decided to use it in a specialty drink at our May wedding - who doesn't love a glass of sweet tea on a warm day?

Monday, December 01, 2008 1:56:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I live in DC and have been looking for Firefly here! Where was the shop that sold it? Thanks so much!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 11:31:00 PM  
Blogger Kim K. said...

I'm not sure where it's sold, but if you're looking to taste it locally you can go to Max's Taphouse in Fells Point (B'more). They introduced me to it a few months ago there and it was AMAZING - who knew?

Sunday, March 01, 2009 12:31:00 AM  

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