This is our new drink of the Summer discovered on vacation in Charleston, South Carolina. It is a Firefly Half and Half and it is the second installment of our Charleston, South Carolina vacation review. It’s discovery must have been fate. It all started when my other adult vacationing friends ordered up some late-morning Bloody Marys. Being someone who does not like hard alcohol or tomato juice, the idea of drinking a Bloody Mary was just not going to happen. So I asked the bartender at the restaurant where we were eating to suggest something for me to sip on and she came up with the Firefly Half and Half. It contains some Southern classics–Sweet Tea (infused with vodka), lemonade, a lemon slice and some ice. As you can see by this picture, my Firefly Half and Half was much better than the Bloody Mary as mine is half gone and the other drink only just sipped.
Our discovery starts with some Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka. It was first created in a small still on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, before becoming the world’s first hand-crafted sweet tea flavored vodka. Keeping true to its Southern roots, Firefly is distilled four times, infused with tea grown on a plantation five miles from the distillery and blended with real Louisiana sugar cane. It tastes just like real sweet tea, but with an even sweeter kick. It is available nationally, but finding something made close to Charleston just seemed a little more special than say finding it in Iowa or Connecticut.
For those of you who want to cut down on the sugar cane, Firefly also makes it in a skinny version using the natural sweetner stevia. It’s the same great taste, but less sugar. The choice is up to you.
You really can’t mess up this recipe for the perfect Half and Half. Here it is:
Firefly Half and Half
- 3 oz. Firefly Sweet Tea Flavored Vodka
- 3 oz. Lemonade
- One Lemon Twist
- Mix over ice in a highball glass
You will also hear this drink called an Arnold Palmer or a John Daly.
An Arnold Palmer is a beverage consisting of half iced tea and half lemonade named for pro-golfer Arnold Palmer. It is often called a Half and Half. A John Daly is an alcoholic mixed drink, named after pro-golfer John Daly. It is simply an Arnold Palmer with vodka. A John Daly could also be made by combining vodka with lemonade and sweet tea. Anyway you order it, as a Half and Half, as an Arnold Palmer or as a John Daly, just add Firefly to the beginning and a bartender seems to know what you are talking about….at least in South Carolina anyway. However, no one that I talk to seems to know why this alcoholic beverage and its non-alcoholic cousin are named after golfers. I can imagine the correlation, but I will wait to write about it until I can find facts and not just my evil conjecture.
By the end of our vacation, the adults had made a batch to take to the beach on a daily basis. Name something better than
vodka iced sweet tea to drink on a hot beach! I also must give credit for the lead-in photo of my Firefly Half and Half to my 16-year-old traveling companion. Since I was on my second (o.k., maybe third, but I was on vacation) drink, I was a little shaky with the camera and so my friend stepped up to the plate with a great shot. Give the Firefly Sweet Tea vodka a try. It is actually the perfect drink for your Labor Day festivities and a farewell to Summer…but I’m sure it will be great in Winter too. Is there such a thing as an out-of-season cocktail? Have you ever sipped on any of the Firefly vodka products?