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Happy Hour: Firefly Mint Tea Vodka

Last week, Party and I attended a tasting showcasing winners of this year's San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The high moment of the day occurred when I got a taste of something I've been dying to try: sweet tea-flavored vodka made by South Carolina-based Firefly Distillery. I'm a fiend for Southern cuisine, and that includes sweet tea, a drink so ubiquitous that it's just referred to as "tea." Southerners also love to spike their tea, so it seems natural that someone would come up with tea-flavored vodka. That genius would be Jim Irvin, a distiller based in Wadmalaw Island, SC. Irvin, also a winemaker, distills the vodka four times, imbues it with tea grown from a plantation five miles away, and sweetens the finished product with sugarcane from Louisiana.

We tried one of the distillery's newest vodka flavors, Mint Tea, which won a Double Gold Medal in the competition. It has a natural minty finish that tastes both soothing and refreshing. It was so easy to drink alone that I'm almost certain I could enjoy an entire pitcher before realizing the product's full effects. I can't wait to buy a bottle for myself!

Have you tried Firefly's tea-flavored vodkas? What did you think of them?

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Leanne1078 Leanne1078 7 years
Firefly is so gooood but kinda dangerous :) we just mix it with water, and you end up drinking more than you would normally drink because it seriously tastes like plain sweet tea. We're actually going to be in Charleston next week and plan on visiting their distillery!
alwayswallis alwayswallis 7 years
I've got to find some of this!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I drank this mixed with lemonade all summer. (I've always heard it called a John Daly.) No matter what it's called, it's delicious.
rach716 rach716 7 years
I love the sweet tea vodka, I mix it with Snapple lemonade or the country at home kinda that you mix with water. I don't like to drink vodka alone so I'd be interested in finding out what would be good to mix the mint tea vodka with?
jelibeann jelibeann 7 years
my best friend lives in philly now and a bunch of her girlfriends came with her to visit me and brought this with them...they had me so excited to try it and i was pretty unimpressed...i really wanted to like it, but with the lemonade, it was just soooo sweet and the plain water seemed to be missing something...(maybe fresh lemon juice and water?)...i agree with whoever said it was artificial tasting...i imagine mint would be worse
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
Then we could call it a "health food" drink???????????
Food Food 7 years
I would drink it straight up as a shot, or in a highball glass with club soda. Yum!
susanec susanec 7 years
I was out somewhere yesterday and they had samples, I think it was the sweet tea flavor (either that or the lemon). It was okay, but pretty artificial tasting.
sarahcateh sarahcateh 7 years
I love firefly. It's delicious with some water and a dash of lemon juice. I haven't tried any of the flavored ones though.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Sounds delish! I'm a sucker for marketing, I'd buy it just for the distillery name and cute bottle.
sassy_chick sassy_chick 7 years
It's great with just water too... makes it just like sweet tea!
scorpstar77 scorpstar77 7 years
Mmm...I haven't seen the Mint Tea version yet, but their regular Sweet Tea vodka RULES. I like it mixed with Simply Lemonade (1:1 ratio) - one of my fave authors, Joshilyn Jackson, wrote about the combination on her blog and dubbed it the Evil Arnold Palmer, or a Golf Club to the Head. The Simply Lemonade is important, though; most store-bought lemonades have a weird aftertaste that affects the taste of the drink. Simply is the only one I've found that is yummy and doesn't affect the taste. Though I bet homemade lemonade would be even better (I'm just too lazy to make it)...
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