I’ve written before about how I’m not a fan of beer at all, but I do prefer drinking bottled drinks instead of mixed drinks or wine sometimes. While I do enjoy some of the options I highlighted back in September, I’ll be honest when I say that I’m a little lazy when it comes to actually going out and buying them. One of my major pet peeves of living in the wonderful state of Pennsylvania and city of Philly are the antiquated liquor laws that have led to the separation of wine & spirits from beer and malt drinks.
If it were up to me, I would let supermarkets sell alcohol. That is what I was used to before I moved back to the states from Germany. Liquor stores are easy enough to access, as they are generally in the vicinity of supermarkets or the Reading Terminal Market. Beer distributors or other stores where I could purchase my beer alternatives always seem so far out of my way, that even when I look up addresses, I never feel motivated enough to actually go to the store. It also doesn’t help that I don’t own a car.
However, the other day, as I was perusing the shelves of the liquor store closest to the Reading Terminal Market, I came across Firefly Southern Lemonade (there’s also Sweet Tea and Pink Lemonades). It’s made from “handcrafted straight vodka with the taste of fresh-squeezed lemonade, made with real lemon juice” and comes with the warning: This ain’t your grandma’s lemonade.
With 12.5% Alc by vol (25 proof) – that’s more than some wines – they do pack a nice little punch. It’s just enough where you can’t actually taste the vodka, but you can feel it’s there. At first taste, it has the potential artificial flavor that many have complained of in Mike’s Hard Lemonade, but it is very slight and it definitely tastes more like real lemonade than Mike’s. I also like adding a splash or two of cranberry juice, for a slightly sweeter taste.
Will I buy these again? Probably. The only thing I would change is the size of the bottle. In my opinion, it’s a little on the small side. I look forward to trying the other two flavors: Sweet Tea Lemonade and Pink Lemonade.