Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka is one of those drinks that can get you into a lot of trouble. No, not like this stuff. Like good whiskey, Firefly goes down absurdly easy, enticing you into drinking more and more and more and zzzzzzzzzzzzzz….. well, then you’re gone.
I was a skeptic: Vodka flavored with tea? Sounds ridiculous. Why not a sweet tea liqueur, I wondered? Or why not just drink spiked tea?
Firefly’s label quickly proves you wrong, offering a single, simple recipe idea to change your mind: Half Firefly, half water, on the rocks.
Take a sip and — my God — it tastes just like a really good cup of iced tea. The “sweet” on the label is misleading — this is not saturated in sugar like some cloying southern brews, though it is sweet enough to feel completely refreshing. Really it’s the tea flavor that comes through the strongest, just like well-steeped, very strong Lipton’s. (And rest assured, the flavor is legit, made with the only tea grown in the country, just five miles from the company’s Charleston distillery.)
The end result is very refreshing, and while I have no idea what else I might use Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka for, I don’t really feel like I need to: It’s great just like this, with water and rocks. But at 70 proof, even watering it down to double volume will get you a drink stronger than a glass of wine, but it goes down far, far more quickly. Be careful with this stuff. Just like an innocent southern belle, it’s got more fire under the surface than you’ll ever know.