Recipe Box, “Firefly,” a summer cocktail in a jar

Have you ever heard of the drink called an “Arnold Palmer?”  It is 1/2 lemonade and 1/2 ice tea.   And in the south that ice tea is “sweet tea.”  Yes,  the southerners like their tea sweet. 


You can use any kind of lemonade you like, for a home made version see Lemonade Dreams or click here.  I often buy the Sparkling Ice lemonade {zero calories} or Hubert’s Original Lemonade pictured above.

firefly cocktail ingredients

As for the tea, well after the sun goes down that sweet tea, just might turn into Sweet Tea Vodka!

lemonade and sweet tea

My favorite brand is “Firefly,” of course, but there are other brands out there.  This is seriously delicious stuff~

firefly vodka

It’s fun to serve this drink in a Ball jar

firefly cocktail jar 1

You know, just like the jars you used to use to catch fireflies in when you were a kid

firefly jar
fireflies and lemonade
firefly 2
fireflies at night

mmmmm, it’s so different and refreshing!

Here’s the recipe:



  • Lemonade
  • Sweet Tea Vodka
  • lots of ice


  • The proportions are up to you~we do about 1/2 and 1/2, just like the Arnold Palmer and pour it over lots of ice

Enjoy!  And thanks for stoppin by y’all…


The firefly jar and lemonade pitcher are my original designs, you can see more painted glassware at my gallery JMdesigns


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15 Responses to “Recipe Box, “Firefly,” a summer cocktail in a jar”
  1. Maureen Birdsong says:

    You know I love this one!!! And the way you have presented this post and set it all up us to cute. May have to purchase some firefly for Bham too. Miss you. Maureen

    Sent from my iPad

  2. I play Mah Jongh with a bunch of girls who love arnold palmers…will have to pass this on to them.

  3. Mary says:

    This is my favorite summer boating cocktail Jenna! The only problem is they’ll sneak up on you 🙂 Your fireflies are ADORABLE painted on your jars!

  4. Linda says:

    Sounds like a perfect drink for tini time on the porch. Photos on this post are great!

  5. ladygourmet says:

    I love the name of this drink…I could have this alll summer long! And the presentation is so pretty! Pinning this! ;D

    Found you through Foodie Friday Linkup!

    Tammy & Catherine from Living the Gourmet

  6. Shawna says:

    Great recipe, and the pictures are just beautiful. Your paintings are beautiful too.
    I would love it if you would join my sister and I on our BBQ Block Party and share your recipes
    Hope to see you there

  7. Beautiful pics! I, of course, have heard of Arnold Palmer tea but have never had any! Hmmm, I think it might be about time that I do!

  8. wow!! I;m needing a couple of those cute jars with tons of “special sweet tea” that is the perfect drink after a long day of work! Thank You for sharing, I came over from Savvy Southern Style party, hugs, Lizy

  9. Shawna says:

    This drink is so goood you do have to watch how they sneak up on you. LOL. I love how you painted the jars and set everything up its just makes me want to be there. Thank you for sharing the recipe on BBQ Block Party.

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