Sweet Tea Vodka Recipe & Spiked Arnold Palmers


Last year, my in laws came home from vacation raving about a drink made with Firefly, a sweet tea vodka. We were able to find it here locally, but only in spurts. Sometimes the stores would have it, most of the time they wouldn’t. But it was good. Especially with lemonade to make a spiked Arnold Palmer. And especially with homemade lemonade.

This summer, facing a period of Firefly drought, I decided to make my own.

I start with a mason jar. Just because I like them and I have a ton of them around the kitchen. Besides, they are pretty cheap and an easy to give gifts.


This particular mason jar holds two cups of vodka. Ours is the cheap stuff from Costco. I think this bottle, pre-tax, was $24.


Get two tea bags ready. This is just generic bags of tea that can be found in bulk at any grocery store.


Put two tea bags into your vodka and let the vodka sit. I’ve done it anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Both are good.


While your vodka tea is brewing, make some simple syrup. For two cups of sweet tea vodka, I used 1/4 cup of simple syrup. But, since I use simple syrup in other things, I make it by combing one cup of sugar with one cup of water in a pan.

ImageBring this to a boil and cook until the liquid is clear and has reduced to about 3/4 a cup. This takes maybe 5 minutes.


Let your simple syrup cool a bit and then add 1/4 cup of simple syrup to your vodka (remove the tea bags first!). Feel free to add more or less, depending on how sweet you like your tea vodka.

Store this like any of liquor, in your fridge, cabinet, etc..


We prefer to drink it in spiked Arnold Palmers.

In a large glass, fill it 3/4 full of ice. Add vodka, a couple of shots should do the trick. Then fill up to about 3/4 with iced tea. Fill the rest of the cup with lemonade. Top with fresh lemons. Stir and serve.


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