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Best Local Spirit 

Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka

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Whether you are ringing in the new year, toasting to good news, or suffering through a Thanksgiving visit from your in-laws, some moments are best enjoyed with a nice drink in hand. And according to you, that drink should be Firefly’s Sweet Tea Vodka. A fun spin on a Southern staple, Firefly’s Wadmalaw Island distillery sources their tea from a local plantation to ensure that every bottle of their Sweet Tea Vodka offers a taste of the Lowcountry. Originally released in April of 2008, sales of the wildly popular spirit spread to 40 states in just a matter of months — all while remaining a local favorite for the hometown crowd. “We wanted to be the Jack Daniels of vodka. I couldn’t think of anything more Southern than Sweet Tea Vodka,” Firefly cofounder Scott Newitt told the New York Times less than a year after the release of Charleston’s favorite local spirit. It’s clear from Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka’s rabid fanbase that Newitt and the rest of the gang at the distillery made the right decision. —Dustin Waters

Runner-up: Hat Trick Gin

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