A Southern Classic – Sweet Tea

What do Firefly and Jeremiah Weed have in common?  They are both types of sweat tea vodka.  Sweet tea may be most popular south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but it is gaining popularity in the rest of the United States and beyond.  If you’ve never tasted sweet tea, it is really worth a taste.  Unlike sweetened ice tea, the sugar is added while the tea is still hot, so it tastes like it was sweet from the beginning rather than like a bunch of sweetener was dumped in as an afterthought.  There is nothing better for a hot summer day or to accompany BBQ or some fried chicken or catfish.

The problem with most sweat tea vodka is its price.  Firefly goes for about $35 per handle and Jeremiah Weed goes for about $20/fifth.  Sweet tea vodka is traditionally mixed one-to-one, so it gets expensive fast.  I stumbled over a brand called Mothers about a year ago, and at $14.99 per handle, I couldn’t pass it up.  I was happy to discover upon tasting that Mothers Sweet Tea Vodka is the real deal.  It’s a bit rough around the edges and Firefly is unquestionably smoother, but this vodka is inherently a mixer so it doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth.  Mothers may contain 5% less alcohol, but mix it into a simple cocktail and it tastes just as good at less than half the price.

Simply Sweet Tea

Simply Sweet Tea

  • 3 oz Mothers Sweet Tea Vodka
  • 3 oz spring water
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Lemon wheel for garnish

Served on the rocks in a highball glass or a pint glass.  This drink isn’t pretentious – even a mason jar will do.  Sweet and refreshing, this drink will pair well with a meal or stand alone; just be careful, it packs a punch.  It’s easy to knock a couple of these back on hot day without realizing how much alcohol you have had.  Simply Sweet Tea is the perfect weekend cocktail.  So sit back, relax and enjoy.

Total cost per drink: ~$0.67

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Nick McAfee
Nick McAfee is a student of Princeton University and is passionate about mixology. As a student with a low monthly income, he has developed ways to create simple cocktails with complex flavors from inexpensive ingredients. Learn more about Nick and Broke & Thirsty.
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