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Sweet Tea with Vodka and Lemonade

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A perfect summertime cocktail. Because it's a combination of iced tea, lemonade, and booze, we've dubbed it the Tipsy Arnold Palmer.


  • 2 large tea bags for iced tea
  • 4 cups lemonade made from frozen concentrate

Recipe Preparation

  • Place tea bags in medium bowl. Add boiling water. Let steep 4 minutes. Discard tea bags. Place mint sprigs in large pitcher; mash with a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon until slightly bruised. Pour in tea, lemonade, and vodka.

  • Fill 8 highball glasses with ice. Divide sweet tea among glasses. Garnish with lemon slices.

Reviews Section

Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka Drinks

Choose from 16 drink recipes containing Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka.

Learn more about Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka in the drink dictionary!

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Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Recipes

Chris’ Cran Lemonade – Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka & Lemonade tastes great. The underlying agave syrup is a terrific mix with the lemonade flavor. Definitely a better match than using simple syrup as sweetener. Excellent! – recipe by Chris Chamberlain, photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Chris’ Cran Lemonade – recipe by Chris Chamberlain

2 ounces Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea & Lemonade

Place cranberries and agave nectar in mixing glass. Muddle. Add ice and Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea & Lemonade. Shake to blend. Pour into highball glass. Top with club soda.

This tastes great. The underlying agave syrup is a terrific mix with the lemonade flavor. Definitely a better match than using simple syrup as sweetener. Excellent!

Julep Tea Spin using Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka is a little like a tea version of a Mint Julep. Add more mint if you like. – recipe by Cobey Flynn, photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Julep Tea Spin – recipe by Cobey Flynn

1 ounce Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka

Place a few mint leaves in bottom of glass. Muddle lightly. Add ice. Add Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea and club soda. Squeeze in lime wedge. Stir lightly.

This Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea recipe offers just a little more flavor to the traditional Southern sweet tea. It’s not quite a Mint Julep, but not quite sweet tea. Take this one out for a spin and see how you like it! Add more mint if you like, too.

Orange Swell uses Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka. It is fabulously rich and warming with the addition of orange liqueur. – recipe by Aaron Yeats, photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Orange Swell – recipe by Aaron Yeats

1 ounce Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka

Splash Paula’s Texas Orange Liqueur

Build in a rocks glass over fresh ice.

The sweet tea loses a fair amount of sharpness with this fabulously rich and warming drink. The orange notes are quite sweet depending upon how much orange liqueur you use. If Paula’s Texas Orange Liqueur is not available, use an orange liqueur available locally.

Holiday Tea Nog is made with Jeremiah Weed & Bourbon and Holiday Eggnog. It is simply fabulous. Rich and decadent. recipe by Katy Vaninger, photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Holiday Tea Nog – recipe by Katy Vaninger

2 ounces Jeremiah Weed & Bourbon

Place ice in large goblet. Add premade Holiday Eggnog. Float Jeremiah Weed & Bourbon on top.

I am enthusiastically and wonderfully surprised by this particular drink. I am not a huge eggnog fan, but this is terrific! The Holiday Tea Nog is thick and rich. The flavor comes across with a little bit of black tea sharpness with somewhat of a darker fullness to it. If six ounces is too much for you, cut the recipe in half.

Cobey’s Cran Tea is made with Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka. It is also simple to make with easy to find ingredients. This drink is perfect for holiday parties, family gatherings or to kick back and relax with after all the celebrations have ended. – recipe suggestion by Cobey Flynn, recipe adapted by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Cobey’s Cran Tea – recipe adapted by Cheri Loughlin from partial recipe submitted by Cobey Flynn using Jeremiah Weed and cranberry juice.

1-1/2 ounce Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka

3 ounces Cranberry Juice Cocktail

5 Fresh or Frozen Cranberries Garnish

Place ice in goblet or highball glass. Add Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea and cranberry juice cocktail. Top with club soda. Stir gently. Float cranberries as garnish.

Bite of cranberry plays well with the sharpness of sweetened tea. I love the color and garnish for holiday serve. It is also simple to make with easy to find ingredients. This drink is perfect for holiday parties, family gatherings or to kick back and relax with after all the celebrations have ended.

Sweet Lemon with Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka – photo by and recipe adapted by Cheri Loughlin from partial recipe version submitted by Shana Berry of Jeremiah Weed and Limoncello

Sweet Lemon – recipe adapted by Cheri Loughlin from partial recipe version submitted by Shana Berry using Jeremiah Weed and Limoncello

1 ounce Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea Vodka

1 ounce Limoncello Liqueur

Place ice in rocks glass. Add Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea and Limoncello liqueur. Squeeze in juice of one lemon wedge and discard wedge. Top with club soda. Stir gently. Garnish with lemon slice.

Fresh lemon is just what the dentist ordered to give this drink just enough hint of tart and not too much over the top sweetness. Jeremiah Weed black tea flavor comes through with just enough flair in the finish.

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Berry Sweet Tea

Sweet tea is a summertime favorite, particularly when you combine it with berries. This hard version uses Chambord, which is a raspberry-flavored liqueur, but you can use any berry flavored liqueur in its place. It makes one cocktail.


  • Ice
  • 1 ounce berry flavored vodka
  • 1 ounce Chambord liqueur
  • 6 ounces sweet tea
  • Fresh berries and mint sprigs for garnish


  1. Fill a collins glass half full with ice.
  2. Add the berry flavored vodka, Chambord, and tea. Stir to combine.
  3. Garnish with berries and mint sprigs.

What does sweet tea vodka taste like?

It taste like sweet iced tea, but alcoholic. “The house wine of the South” is how Dolly Parton’s character describes it in the movie “Steel Magnolias.”

Having this flavored vodka on hand makes mixing a late day cocktail easy and doable because there are only two ingredients needed for this concoction.

This cocktail is also known as a John Daly or a dirty Arnold Palmer. I like to call this summer drink simply a Firefly Cocktail.


In 2012, an ESPN 30 for 30 Shorts documentary was produced on the drink, featuring Palmer, beverage experts, a group of PGA golfers and comedian Will Arnett discussing the drink's history and popularity. [6] In the film, Palmer attributes the spreading of the drink's name to an incident in which a woman copied his ordering the drink at lunch after a long day of designing a golf course in Palm Springs, California during the late 1960s, saying "I'll have that Arnold Palmer drink, too." [7] Palmer preferred three parts unsweetened tea, to one part lemonade, but when mixed equal parts tea and lemonade, the drink is sometimes called a Half & Half. [8] [9]

According to a waitress at Augusta National Golf Club, Palmer ordered his namesake beverage by saying, "I'll have a Mr. Palmer." [10] When Palmer visited the Latrobe Country Club in his hometown, the staff at the snack shack served the beverage to him or his wife, Kit, without prompting. "Mr. Palmer should never have to order the drink named after him." [11]

The drink has been sold under the Arnold Palmer trademark via a licensing arrangement with Innovative Flavors since 2001. Arizona Beverage Company began marketing and selling the beverage with Palmer's picture and signature on the bottle in 2002 and has handled distribution ever since. [12] The line has expanded to include various flavors including Green Tea, Southern Style Sweet Tea and Pink Lemonade, Zero Calorie, Strawberry, Peach, Mango and Natural Energy. Lemonade combined with iced tea is also sold without the Arnold Palmer trademark by other companies, such as Nestea, [13] Lipton Brisk, Honest Tea (as Half and Half), Nantucket Nectars (as Half and Half), Country Time, [14] Sweet Leaf, [15] XINGtea, [16] Snapple, [17] and Peace Iced Tea (as Caddyshack). It has 43 mg of caffeine per 23 oz drink. [ citation needed ] Recently, as of April 26, 2021, Chick-fil-A began selling its own version marketed as "Sunjoy." [18]

Reader Interactions


/>Greg Beck says

I have to say, I love your short bio at the end, even more than the drink recipe.

I just had one at Rosemary beach Paradis Restaurant called 30a Sweet Tea and it was so amazing we rushed out & bought some Firefly Sweet Tea to make tomorrow on the beach! :-) Ahhh.

Try this. Fill a tall glass with Crystal Light Pink Lemonade, add a shot of Firefly Sweet tea, a shot of Peach Schnapps, and garnish with a squeeze of lemon. Perfect Summertime drink!

We got turned on to Firefly during a vaca in Folly Beach NC at the end of last summer when a waiter suggested a Drunken Palmer and we were hooked. I have tried Burnetts and I don’t think it is as good as Firefly (but would do in a pinch). Burnetts seems sweeter, little more syrupy. Also, it Burnetts tea infused or does it have tea flavoring added?

We’ve dubbed The Drunken Palmer is our poolside drink this summer — we were doing 50/50 with lemonade but it was a bit strong, so now we do 40/40 and then top off with 20% Pellegrino sparkling water — like the way you’d top off a Mojito. It cuts the strength and the carbonation gives it a little lift.

Firefly is one of the best cocktails I’ve ever tasted. This mix is new for me, definitely will try it. Thanks for idea!

/>Peter Wickensplirk says

I just made this with raspberry lemonade and it tastes frickin awesome. I call it a Tiger Woods.

I was in Ann Arbor and ran accross The 19th Hole – Firefly Iced Tea Vodka, Kettle One Citron and Fresh Lemonade. Served chilled straight up in a martini glass. AWSOME

I mixed equal parts (1 shot each) Firefly Sweet Tea and Lemoncello in a tall glass with ice, then topped it off with strong brewed unsweetened tea. Delicious!

Call me old fashioned but I like to keep it simple– make a regular batch of sweet tea. Then pour a little tea in the bottom, about a three second pour of Firefly and top it off with more tea! HEAVEN!

But I do mix mine in a pint glass.

Seagram’s also makes a good S.T. Vodka. But it doesn’t have the kick at the end like Firefly!

I substituted the Simply Lemonade for Limeade on the suggestion of a friend and it adds a little better kick than the Lemonade.

I recently introduced firefly to my friends! We love the sweet tea vodka and lemonade. Although, we just had a mint-teo-to (sp?) in the Keys and loved it. Made with mint tea vodka, club soda, mint leaves, and simple syrup, I believe. Haven’t tried making it myself yet!

Actually the name given to the drink by the Firefly company is a John Daly. The liquor store gives out rcipe cards printed by the company that calls it a John Daly.

I work at a bar in texas. we make a shot we call a tea bag𔅽oz. firefly, splash of sweet & sour, splash of sprite…shake and enjoy.

My usual drink is vodka lemonade then when I tried the sweet tea vodka today at work I fell in love!! That’ll be my new drink!!

/>brightbold says

(lemondade is a poor mans substitute)

Some of the Sweet Tea Vodka is still made in Wadmalaw, SC. The bottle I just bought yesterday was produced there. I live about 5 min. from the distillery and Tea Plantation.

Try the Burnetts Sweet Tea Vodka. Half the price and tastes the same to Me. Also Firefly not made in South Carolina anymore but in Kentucky

I hate lemon in my tea….but a shot of peppermint schnapp’s a few fresh mint leaves in my glass and the vodka made superb mint tea!

Went to Myrtle Beach between Bike weeks, love sweet tea had to try FireFly. Bought a bottle to take home (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and I made a Citrus Burst FireFly: 1 part Firefly 2 parts Squirt (Sundrop would be better, but didnt have any). Great STUFF.

The 50/50 mix I have heard called the John Daly.

I’ve been on a Firefly kick for several months now and it always kicks me back the next morning. I love the 50/50 recipe, but it’s also good mixed with champagne. Peach is excellent!

To add to that….I don’t know why it’s called that, since a non alcoholic Arnold Palmer is made with lemonade.

I’ve heard that Burnett’s also makes sweet tea vodka, but I’m quite skeptical of it. If anyone has tried both Firely and Burnett’s a comparision would be nice.

I’m from the Carolinas and would rather support a local brand. But in case I’m ever broke or planning on making 20 gallons of this shit for a party or something, I’d like to know the cheaper alternative is decent.

Actually, an Arnold Palmer is with pink lemonade. Either way though it is delicious. Thankfully I live close enough to go and buy plenty of it!

Here is a .jpeg directly from Firefly with a few mixes.

Also, try and check out the other flavor’s they released in March Firefly Peach Tea Vodka, Firefly Raspberry Vodka, Firefly Mint Tea Vodka, and Firefly Lemon Tea Vodka.

@toosonhigh, Spiked Arnold Palmer is the name the given to the drink by the Firefly company.

How about it being called a Drunken Palmer? Lemonade and firefly and you ain’t hitting shit straight like old Arnie!

try two shots firefly, one shot simply lemonade and the rest water in a solo cup, topped off with ice… she’s goooood.

MAN OH MAN!! 1st off let me say that your site absolutely ROCKS. I work in a wine & spirits store her in Missouri and happened across your site while checking reviews on Firefly. This shit is DANGEROUSLY smooth! I wholeheartedly agree with your review (by the way, have read all your reviews….DAMN FUNNY SHITE!) did the 50/50 mix and WHOA! halfway thru the bottle already and finding it increasingly hard to type!! Anywho….just wanted to let ya know that I’m spreading the word about your site for ALL my customers. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. Am looking forward to MANY more insightful and humorous reviews! Thanks again…, where’s my Gatorade.

I was looking for some more recipes for Firefly, and saw this post. So far, I like it two ways: 50/50 Firefly and water with crushed ice, little bit of sugar, and about 2 or 3 chunks of lemon. Another way I had it at Bird’s on a Wire in Columbia, SC was served with pink lemonade and a lemon garnish (it’s girly, I know, but hey, I’m a chick). This is the best stuff EVER! You can’t beat it sittin’ on the porch at a beach house looking at the ocean at Edisto Beach.

try i/2 firefly and and 1/2 mike’s hard lemonade, any flavor but regular is my favorite. watch out you won’t have to drink many

I believe this is called a “John Daly” not a spiked Arny Palmer. At least that’s what we have started calling it.

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Iced tea, however, is often more refreshing when accompanied by fruit. Maybe it’s the body’s desire to get that acid that produces saliva, or maybe we just like how it tastes. Winner: Lemonade, for being the classic, thirst-quenching beverage of America.


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