September 3, 2009

Firefly Comes to Jersey!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 7:25 pm

firefly-vodka-2Some time last summer, the Joanster wrote about a new vodka experience – Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka. Being a vodka hunter and dutiful vodka sampler and reporter (too many links to include – go to the search box and search “vodka” – zoiks!), I was dying to try it. A month or so later, I was in Tennessee with a group of hopeless reprobates bloggers and former blogger Zonker brought a bottle of the stuff and even gifted me and Ken, my bodyguard, with a few bottles to take home, each sip of which I savored.

Since that time, I lamented the general lack of availability of the excellent libation in the Garden State. Recently I learned that my mondo liquor emporium of choice has begun to carry it. Not only to they carry the regular Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, but they also carry all the Firefly variations on the theme: Raspberry Sweet Tea, Lemon Sweet Tea, Mint Sweet Tea and Peach Sweet Tea! (Check out the link above – turn your speakers on.)

Be still, my farookin’ heart!

As I write this, my freezer boasts a bottle each of the regular Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, Lemon Sweet Tea Vodka and Peach Sweet Tea Vodka. I have “sampled” all three, and each is simply MAHvelous. It is great poured over ice (only CLEAR ice, of course) or mixed with a bit of seltzer.

In these times when each morning’s news seems to bring me a fresh kick in the stindeens, learning that I can buy this 100% American elixir a mile or so from the House by the Parkway brings me a bit of joy.

A Note to Jersey Peeps: “Sweet Tea,” a product of the South, is not to be confused with its pale, and weaker cousin known to us and every diner in Jersey as “Iced Tea.” No, “Sweet Tea” is supercharged, heavily sweetened tea that is drunk plain, over ice, and it’s very good. It would go great with a Taylor Ham and Cheese on a Hard Roll – something not yet appreciated in the South.


  1. Hey, Jimbo, if you need a place to put your hamburgers and ice cream, I have a 10 cu. ft. freezer I’m not using. Sounds like you may not have room for food in your freezer with all that booze in there.

    Comment by Thomas Pfau — September 4, 2009 @ 6:44 am

  2. Yes, I warn my customers when they buy it:

    “Have you had this before?

    No, why?

    Oh, it’s mahvelhous. Tastes like yo own momma’s sweet tea.

    Oh, that’s great!

    Yeah, but it’ll hurt you. Do NOT drink this when you are hot and thirsty! It’ll fool you so easily. It’ll go down so refreshingly and you won’t sip it, you’ll gulp it like you would sweet tea. Pretty soon, you won’t be able to stand up. Nah, it’ll hurt you, I’m serious ’bout that.

    Not getting up from the couch sounds like just the thing!”


    I believe the store where I work is affiliated with the one near you. Our wine manager is from NJ, but he’s a pretty nice young man in spite of that. He has no clue about SweetTea, however.

    Got little old ladies who swear by the mint flavor tea, too. Buy it two bottles at a time.

    Comment by Joan of Argghh! — September 4, 2009 @ 8:01 am

  3. Shiny!

    Comment by Ed Flinn — September 4, 2009 @ 8:27 am

  4. Nice comment Ed! Relevent even if obscure 🙂

    Comment by Frank Gillespie — September 4, 2009 @ 9:50 am

  5. First saw “shiny” in John Ringo’s “Into the Looking Glass” book series.

    Comment by Bill — September 4, 2009 @ 12:17 pm

  6. Joan is right. Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka will gorilla stomp the unwary, for shitsure.


    Comment by Jim — September 4, 2009 @ 12:55 pm

  7. Ok #5 Bill, this is getting out of hand. I too am a John Ringo fan(just reading “The Last Centurion”) Shiny! Jimbo, I’ve been gorilla stomped without the booze being flavored with sweet tea. Call it knee-walking, commode hugging down here in Texas.

    Comment by Bill — September 4, 2009 @ 5:27 pm

  8. Yay Jim! Glad this wonderful beverage has made its way north to brighten your day. LOL. Me – I am not a drinker of vodka no matter what flavors are mixed in to make it taste better. So that leaves lots and lots for you to drink up in my place… go for it!

    Comment by Teresa — September 4, 2009 @ 5:49 pm

  9. It’s made here in South Carolina, near Charleston. I don’t know why I told you that, except to boast that good hooch is made here.

    Comment by Laura — September 4, 2009 @ 6:02 pm

  10. Parkway, some companies will ship Taylor Hams, since you seem like a Taylor Ham connoisseur, can you recommend a good TH company?

    Comment by Bill — September 4, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

  11. Ah, Firefly. Made for one hell of a hangover on an otherwise beautiful Saturday morning in Etowah. I could have done without the puking what looked like Cepacol first thing in the morning and the third heartbeat in my keppe. Otherwise, ’tis some of the best, most ass-kicking booze I’ve ever gotten shit-faced on in my life.

    Comment by Erica — September 4, 2009 @ 8:04 pm

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