Sunday, June 13, 2010

Grown Folks Lemonade

As a little girl in the south, I often heard that some things are for "grown folks" aka adults  and this logic even extended to food and drink.  This means that tiny Kashia and her tiny fro were banned from eating such "grown folks" food such as oysters and mountain fries and I would not even dare to ask for a sip of mint juleps or homemade beer as they were "grown folks" drinks.  But often, my grandmother would sneak them all to me under the condition that I wouldn't tell, perhaps she's the one that made me a foodie?

Anyhow, in honor of my grandmother and her ability to undermine my parents, comfort me with her southern drawl, and teach me the joy of sweet tea and lemonade on hot summer days, I decided to make a pitcher of "grown folks" lemonade for this Carolina heat.  This is the perfect drink for a summer picnic and its incredibly easy to make. 

Lemonade* (either store bought or homemade)
Firefly sweet tea vodka**
Lots of ice, preferably crushed

For each glass 6 ounce glass of lemonade, I added 2 ounces of vodka, but you can add more or less if you'd like.  Sweet tea vodka is dangerous because it tastes just like sweet tea, so please drink responsibly.

So go ahead, assuming your grown, and have a cup of this lemonade to get you through the summer heat.  You can add the vodka to the pitcher, but I prefer doing it on a glass by glass basis because it makes for a pretty presentation.

*I enjoy making homemade-ish lemonade, its the Southern in me.  I use Real Lemon concentrate and water.  Its about a 1:3 or 1:4 ratio of lemon juice to water depending on how tart you like the lemonade.  Then I sweeten to taste.  Although its lemonade, I often toss in other cut citrus fruits like oranges and limes and sometimes I even add strawberries and mangoes to spice up the party.

**I discovered Firefly while attending the College of Charleston and I just love supporting them and other local businesses despite not living there anymore.  Luckily, I'm pretty sure their vodkas are available nationwide now so go grab a bottle!


  1. Sounds delicious! Can't wait to try this recipe...hope I can find Firefly in my area:)

  2. Thanks Nancy and it is delicious and the best part is that it doesn't have that "bite" that most summer punches have from adding alcohol. I just looked at the Firefly site and it seems that there is at least one store in about every state selling the stuff so I wish you luck in finding it!

  3. That looks so refreshing! Cheers...


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