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Host an Organic Cocktail Party: The Best Organic Alcohol

Try these organic spirits at your next party.
By Karen Romer
May/June 2007
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Lavender Lemon Drop made with Modmix.


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Stock your liquor cabinet with organic spirits, distilled from pesticide-free grains. You’ll find mindful mixers at select liquor stores, through specialty suppliers or on the Internet. Look for certified-organic liquors authorized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the United Kingdom’s Soil Association.

Vodka

• Liquid Ice Organic Vodka: certified organic; made from a blend of grains
• Ocean Vodka: made with desalinated seawater from Hawaii
• Orange V: made with Florida oranges
• Rain Vodka: made from organic Kentucky corn
• Square One Vodka: certified organic; made from American rye
• Vodka 14: Colorado organic vodka 

Rum

• Papagayo Rum (white or spiced): certified organic; imported by Maison Jomere
• Rivers Royal Grenadian Rum: from a distillery on an organic banana plantation  

Gin

• Bluecoat American Dry Gin: distilled with organic herbs; available in Eastern states  
• Juniper Green London Dry Gin: certified organic; imported by Maison Jomere 

Whiskey

• Benromach Organic Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky: certified organic; imported by Classic Wine Imports 
• Highland Harvest Organic Scotch Whisky: certified organic; imported by Maison Jomere 

Brandy/Grappa

• Peak Spirit: organic brandy, grappa and European-style eaux de vie

Mixers
• Modmix: three certified-organic flavorings—Citrus Margarita, Pomegranate Cosmopolitan and Lavender Lemon Drop

Organic Honey Ginger-Lemongrass Martini

The mixologists at Square One Vodka concocted this sweet, tangy delight.

• 1 teaspoon Ginger-Lemongrass Infused Honey (instructions below)
• 2 ounces Square One Vodka
• Crushed ice
• Lemongrass blade for garnish
• Candied ginger for garnish

Ginger-Lemongrass Infused Honey

• 2 tablespoons minced lemongrass
• 1 tablespoon peeled, minced fresh ginger
• 3 tablespoons clover honey
• 1 cup water

1. Remove the lemongrass’ outer leaves and cut off the top and bottom. Mince the soft, sweet core.

2. Combine lemongrass, ginger, honey and water in saucepan and bring to slow boil. Reduce heat and cook until mixture becomes a light syrup.

3. Remove from heat and strain. Cool to room temperature before using.

To make the martini:

1. Combine the infused-honey mixture with vodka in a cocktail shaker with no ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.

2. Add crushed ice; shake again for 30 seconds. Strain and serve in a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemongrass or candied ginger.








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