Prairie Organic Vodka
Not only is this vodka certified kosher by the Orthodox Union and organic by the USDA, but it’s also gluten-free. Prairie is distilled in limited quantities in the same community in which the corn is raised, by a co-op of 900 Minnesota farmers who are stakeholders in the brand.
Prairie Lemon Basiltini
2 ounces Prairie Organic Vodka
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup *
4 basil leaves
Bruise basil leaves, add remaining ingredients, shake and strain into a martini glass.
Mix tip: If you don’t like your martinis served at room temperature, add some crushed ice before shaking the drink.
* Simple syrup recipe: Bring 1 part water and 2 parts organic cane sugar to a boil in saucepan, and then cool.
The bottles (made from 85 percent recycled glass) use a swing-top cap that can be removed and sent back to 360 Vodka in a postage-paid envelope that is made from 100 percent recycled paper and attached to the bottle. The program, called "close the loop," donates $1 to Global Green USA for every top received.
A Kiss From Mother Earth
2 ounces 360 Double Chocolate Vodka
1 ounce agave nectar
3 ounces heavy, or whipping, cream
Chocolate syrup, for decorating glass
Drizzle chocolate syrup in glass. Add all ingredients, shake and strain into martini glass.
Mix tip: Add some crushed ice to the shaker to cool this creamy concoction.
360 Ecolade (E-Ko-Laid)
2 ounces 360 Cola Vodka
3 slices of cucumber (muddled)
Lemonade (I used 4 ounces)
Lemon-lime soda (I used 8 ounces)
Add all ingredients to a tall glass. Fill with lemonade and top with lemon-lime soda.
Crop Organic Vodka
Available in artisanal, cucumber and tomato, Crop Vodka is certified USDA organic and distilled so that no carbon treatment or charcoal filtering is required.
Organic Vodka Shortcake
2 ounces Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka
1 ounce lemon juice
3 ounces muddled strawberries
Fresh mint leaf
Add all ingredients to a glass. Stir.
Mix tip: This is a fruit-heavy drink with very little liquid. Add 4 ounces of lemon-lime soda to make this a perfect mix of fruit and fizz.
The drinks: 360 Ecolade, Organic Vodka Shortcake and A Kiss From Mother Earth, from left