Review: Firefly Skinny Tea Flavored Vodka

How do you cut the calorie level from a flavored vodka? Throttle down the alcohol level and cut out the sugar.

The first idea is probably not a bad thing. The second one is what kills the deal. Firefly Skinny Tea opts for artificial sweetener instead of sugar, and to say that mars the “sweet tea” effect is an understatement. It starts out all right, with a big brewed tea nose and character, but then the artifice comes on, coating the mouth and leaving a cloying finish. I couldn’t shake the aftertaste — literally for several minutes I was tasting this gummy, rubbery gunk that I just couldn’t get out of my mouth. The only solution: Another sip. That’s a vicious cycle you got right there.

With a mixer like lemonade this might be more palatable, but as it stands, it, like so many things in life, it’s a tradeoff that just isn’t worth it. What are you saving for your trouble: In a 1.5-ounce shot, a whopping 27 calories. Kick out a crouton instead and stick with the Firefly classic.

60 proof.

C / $18 / fireflyvodka.com

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4 Responses

  1. Matt February 6, 2012 / 6:57 pm

    Bummer to read this- I liked it. Also liked that it was sweetened with truvia- not an artificial sweetener like you stated above.
    There is always going to be a trade off I suppose, but I actually thought this wasn’t that bad

  2. John January 17, 2015 / 12:36 pm

    This is a terrible review I drank it on the rocks all summer very lite and delicious and if you wanna mix it with a auger free lemonade it’s even better

  3. Tonya November 30, 2016 / 6:45 am

    I also drink Skinny Tea and enjoy it. Not for everyone I’m sure. And as for the “whopping 27 calories” comment, that’s 54 if you have a double 81 if a triple. And God knows not too many people have their drinks in a rocks glass anymore. Everything is supersized. So if you have 2 that’s 108 or 162. It adds up quick. I drink it with water and lemon~ yumm! Again, not for everyone, but I’m a fan. Now if I didn’t have to have it gifted by family and friends from another state it would be even better!

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