Sweet Tea Vodka Cupcakes

A few days ago, when Orange County decided to be a beautiful 97 degrees, I stuck my head in the freezer. It was one part drama and one part necessity. Mostly drama, I think.

As I was in there, with the cold air hitting my face aka heaven, I took a peek around. Lots of ice cream. Normal. And then there it was a bottle of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka. YES! Cupcake time!

Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka


Sweet Tea Vodka……. the perfect summer drink or cupcake.

Seriously though, this is basically a summer cocktail in cupcake form. The vodka is definitely not over-powering at all; but there’s a touch of tea and a whole lot of lemon involved. And yes, it’s still miserable in The OC.


Sweet Tea Vodka Cupcakes


1 stick butter, room temperature

1 ½ cup powdered sugar

3 tbsp. lemon zest

2 large eggs

1 1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 cup milk

2 tbsp. lemon juice

2 tbsp. sweet tea vodka (I recommend Firefly it’s the best)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.

Combine butter, powdered sugar, and lemon zest in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat until fluffy.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating to blend.

Mix in half the flour mixture. Then add the milk and lemon juice. Then mix in the other half of the flour mixture until just combined.

Pour batter into a lined cupcake tin, almost all the way to the top.

Bake the cupcakes at 350 degrees for 16-20 minutes, until cooked through and slightly golden at edges.

Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for a few minutes before moving to rack to cool completely. When cool, brush lightly with about 2 tbsp. of sweet tea vodka. I did two layers.


Sweet Tea Vodka Frosting


1 stick butter, room temperature

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

3 tbsp. sweet tea vodka

1 tbsp. lemon zest

1 tbsp. lemon juice


In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and powdered sugar until fluffy.

Add in sweet tea vodka, lemon zest, and lemon juice and combine.

If you need to add more powdered sugar to reach your desired consistency, you can.

Pipe frosting on to cupcakes. Or slather it on with a knife.

You can top the cupcakes with whatever you want. I decided a sugared lemon peel was appropriate.

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