April 17, 2010 (Day 77) — Fuzzy Fly
Ice tea is a must have at my wife’s family’s gatherings. While I’m sure this makes us wholly un-unique in the grand scheme of things, it still surprised me how much iced tea that family goes through. Pitchers upon pitchers upon pitchers of the stuff. So much so that this past Thanksgiving, my brother-in-law was on “Iced Tea Duty,” which meant he remained in our kitchen, monitoring the iced tea levels lest they dip dangerously low. If they did? Chaos. Pure and utter chaos.
Naturally, once in everyone’s red plastic cup, the tea was quickly turned to Sweet Tea, that lip puckeringly sweet brew of tea and sweet.
Why reminisce about tea? Tonight’s base liquor is sweet tea vodka.
I’m a smidge tired this evening. Been learning to ride a motorcycle all day in the warm spring sun kind of takes it out of a guy. So, I’ll try to make this one short and sweet. (Ha! Get it?)
Yesterday, I tried Bacardi’s new concoction, Torched Cherry — which was quite good. Eager to try something else outside the realm of “standard” spirits, I also picked up a bottle of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka.
But first, since it’s a new liquor to the blog, we have to do the neat test! And by neat, I mean drinking it straight up. And neat as in cool, I suppose.
Truth in advertising, right here. It smells like sweet tea. And baby, it tastes like sweet tea with a healthy kick of burn right on the back of it. My first thought: sweet tea with vodka in it. Mission accomplished, Firefly! Seriously, it sounds odd, but I could easily see myself but drinking this on the rocks on a hot summer night while grilling.
But! This isn’t Mark Drinks Straight Liquor 365 (Stay tuned for next year’s blog)! This is Cocktails, 365! So to the cocktail!
This is a recipe I’ve adapted from one I found on Firefly’s Web site.
3 oz Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
2 oz orange juice
Splash of Peach Schnapps.
Fill a rocks glass full with ice, gently mix ingredients. Sip.
This has a gorgeous, summer sunset color to it. It’s a killer grilling drink, which we happen to be doing tonight. Steaks. Not too shabby after a long day in the sun.
Here’s to you Firefly: may your sweet tea vodka and I meet again later on this summer (perhaps Fourth of July?)