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Drink up: It’s tea time on South Carolina’s Wadmalaw Island

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Firefly Distillery in Wadmalaw Island, SC.

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Updated: July 7, 2011 2:16AM

Wadmalaw Island near Kiawah is an interesting place to spend an afternoon, particularly for tea drinkers.

It’s home to the 127-acre Charleston Tea Plantation, where you can take a trolley ride through the tea fields and tag along on a free factory tour that explains how the beverage is made.

Then head over to Firefly Distillery, makers of sweet tea vodka. For $6 Wednesday-Saturday, you can taste a half dozen of Firefly’s specialty vodkas and rums. They’ll even throw in a cool souvenir shot glass.

While you’re at Firefly, drop by the adjacent Irvin-House Vineyards, producer of several wines all made from sweet muscadine grapes. Free tours at 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

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