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sweet tea vodka cocktails

“Sweet tea is a tradition in the south. The ice-cold sugary concoction makes summer bearable, fueling untold days and nights on the porch and in the backyard. Not surprisingly, booze often makes its way into the mix and not too long ago distillers were kind enough to bottle commercial versions. Jeremiah Weed, Sweet Carolina, Seagrams, Firefly and several others quickly became fixtures on liquor store shelves, satisfying the newfound need for a tall frosty glass of teeth-achingly sweet tea and vodka.” – foxnews.com


Try out some refreshing summer cocktails and take our tea quiz.

sweet tea vodka cocktail recipes



Peach Weed and Lemonade

Mix 1 1/2 oz Jeremiah Weed Country
Peach Sweet Tea Flavored Vodka with
lemonade. Garnish with a lemon wheel.






sweet tea vodka cocktail recipes

Long Island Sweet Tea

1/2 oz Seagram’s Sweet Tea Vodka
1/2 oz Bafferts Gin
1/2 oz Zaya Gran Reserva Rum
1/2 oz Tequila Corralejo Anejo
1/2 Triple Sec
Top with cola






sweet tea vodka cocktail recipes

Sweet Tea Madras

1.5 oz. Firefly Sweet Tea Flavored Vodka (The Original Sweet Tea Vodka)
4 oz. Cranberry Juice
1 oz. Orange Juice
Slice of lime
Pour all ingredients into a highball glass over ice, garnish with lime.







Try a Firefly Skinny Tea Drink!

firefly sweet tea vodka cocktail recipes
Skinny Tea Cosmo

1.5 oz. Firefly Skinny Tea Flavored Vodka
1.5 oz. Cranberry Juice
Lemon Juice
Lime Juice
Shake Firefly Skinny Tea Flavored Vodka and cranberry juice and a dash of lemon juice and lime juice, strain over ice into a martini glass




QUIZ:

1. In the U.S., the proportion of iced tea to hot tea consumed is:
a. 5% iced tea, 95% hot tea
b. 20% iced tea, 80% hot tea
c. 50% iced tea, 50% hot tea
d. 80% iced tea, 20% hot tea

2. Since iced tea is served ice-cold, you can use supermarket-quality tea to make it, because the cold kills the flavor of better-quality tea.
a. True
b. False

3. Which of the following teas is never served iced?
a. Chamomile
b. Kombucha
c. Oolong
d. None of these

4. The best way to enjoy iced tea without diluting the flavor with ice cubes is:
a. Brew the tea double-strength
b. Make ice cubes from iced tea (freeze iced tea in the ice cube tray)
c. Keep the tea ice-cold in the refrigerator and then in a thermal pitcher on the table
d. All of the above

Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka

 

ANSWERS:

1. In the U.S., the proportion of iced tea to hot tea consumed is:
a. 5% iced tea, 95% hot tea
b. 20% iced tea, 80% hot tea
c. 50% iced tea, 50% hot tea
Answer: d. 80% iced tea, 20% hot tea.
It sounds amazing, but it’s true. Tea, most of it served hot, is the second most-consumed beverage in the world, after water. But in the U.S., most of the tea drunk is iced tea, owing to the popularity of bottled tea. By the way, the proper term is iced tea, meaning “tea that is iced.” The term ice tea would mean “tea that is made from ice.”

2. Since iced tea is served ice-cold, you can use supermarket-quality tea to make it, because the cold kills the flavor of better-quality tea.
a. True
Answer: b. False. Cheap ingredients make inferior-tasting food, no matter what the temperature. Try making iced tea with the finest tea you can buy, and you’ll find it needs no sugar, lemon or any enhancement to taste absolutely wonderful.

3. Which of the following teas is never served iced?
a. Chamomile
b. Kombucha
c. Oolong
Answer: d. None of these.
Any tea can be served iced. Some teas, like white tea, are so delicate in flavor that they are not ideal choices unless they are already infused with another flavor–white jasmine or white mango, for example.

4. The best way to enjoy iced tea without diluting the flavor with ice cubes is:
a. Brew the tea double-strength
b. Make ice cubes from iced tea (freeze iced tea in the ice cube tray)
c. Keep the tea ice-cold in the refrigerator and then in a thermal pitcher on the table
Answer: d. All of the above.
A recap of how to enjoy delicious, full-flavored iced tea: (a) brew the tea double-strength so ice cubes melting won’t dilute the flavor; (b) make “iced tea ice cubes” by freezing iced tea in an ice cube tray; (c) don’t take a regular pitcher of iced tea out of the refrigerator only to leave it on the table to warm up–instead, use a thermal pitcher to keep it cool.