We are knee deep in the holiday season. This time of year is all about fabulous cocktails to go with great food. Just as we are concerned about the quality of what we eat, we should apply that criteria to our our wines and spirits. If you are like me , I love to roam the aisles and see all the exciting new brands in spirits category. Its refreshing to see innovative, creative and organic brands sharing space and competing with the more mainstream brands. Prairie Vodka has caught my eye this holiday season and is a favorite of the actor Jeremy Piven (Chicagoan’s have great taste). I have provided some cocktails for your guests this holiday.Cheers and Enjoy ! I shall be back back with some cookie posts and a giveaway or two soon.
Actor -Jeremy Piven-as an advocate for green and sustainable living Piven recently contacted Phillips Distilling Co. about his affection for Prairie and that his Malibu home’s bar is completely stocked with their vodka.
Prairie Organic Vodka is made with great respect for people and communities; the result of a unique partnership between a fifth-generation distilled spirits company and a co-op of over 900 Minnesota farmers who are stakeholders in the brand.Taste:
Prairie Organic Vodka is beautifully smooth. With hints of melon and pear on the nose, creaminess on the palate, and a bright, smooth finish, it rivals most luxurious vodkas in the world
Prairie Organic Vodka begins with certified organic #2 yellow corn raised by the farmers who own the distillery. In order to be certified organic by the USDA, the growing process cannot use genetically modified seeds, artificial fertilizers, hormones, weed controllers, or pesticides. It’s a lot more work for the farmers at a much steeper expense. In fact, Prairie’s organic corn costs more than twice as much as conventionally farmed corn but the result is well worth it; a natural and ideal base for making luxury organic vodka.
Prairie Organic Vodka is one of a handful of spirits certified kosher by The Orthodox Union and organic by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) which requires that the entire process, from the field all the way to the shelf, be completely free of synthetic chemicals, pesticides and genetically modified seeds and enzymes.
- Sustainable Production key points:
- Corn kernels are removed, dried, then milled and blended with water.
- The leftover cobs and other biomass are converted to biogas energy for heating the stills.
- Natural enzymes are added to convert starches to sugar, then natural yeast converts the sugar to carbonic acid and alcohol.
- Alcohol is removed via column distillation, and leftover distillers grains are returned to farms for re-use as feed
- 2 parts Prairie Organic Vodka
- 2 parts pomegranate juice
- A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Shake over ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf.
- 2 oz Prairie Organic Vodka
- .25 oz Aperol
- .5 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
- .75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- .75 oz Simple Syrup
- Dash Fennel Extract
Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with frozen pomelo tossed in honey & ouzo.
The Prairie Cranberry Ginger Martini
- 3 oz. Prairie Organic Vodka
- 2 oz. cranberry ginger puree
- 1 squeeze fresh lime
Combine ingredients and ice in a shaker. Shake well, strain into a martini glass, garnish with a few cranberries. Cranberry Ginger Puree: Combine 2 cups frozen cranberries, 2 tbsp fresh ginger; 4 cups water, 1 orange, juiced and zest; 1 cup sugar; 1 pinch of salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, simmer for 10 minutes; remove from heat and let cool. Blend until smooth and strain.