Organic Cocktail Party!
The last licks of summer are upon us, and the end–Labor Day Weekend–lurks right around the corner. Before it’s time to pack up the tent and shift into Back-to-School mode, here are a couple of refreshing organic summer cocktails that will leave the lingering taste of summer in your mouth.
I met Zachary Moore, bartender at Rouge Tomate, at a dinner at the Andaz Wall Street in New York City. We discussed organic spirits while enjoying FAIR Fair-Trade Certified cocktails, and I asked Zach to share this delicious cocktail with us.
1 1/2 oz Mango infused FAIR Vodka
2 oz Fennel Basil juice
3/4 oz lime juice
1 oz lavender honey syrup
Passion fruit foam (optional)
Mango infused vodka: Cut one whole mango into pieces and place in a large container with one liter of vodka. Let sit for 8 hours or more (to taste) then strain out mango.
Fennel-basil juice: For every 1 cup of fennel juice blend with 4 leaves of basil for color and to balance the anise flavor from the fennel.
Lavender-honey syrup: In a 1 to 1 ratio mix lavender honey with hot water until you get the consistency of a syrup. This should store for at least two weeks in refrigerator.
Passion fruit foam: Place 24 oz of passion fruit juice or puree into an Isi Cream Canister. Use 2 NO2 cartridges and shake. This should be good for up to two weeks in refrigerator.
Place all ingredients into glass, shake with ice. Strain over fresh ice into a glass and finish with passion fruit foam on top.
PRAIRIE ORGANIC SPIRITS
Prairie Organic Spirits is USDA- and Oregon Tilth-certified, made by three organic farmers on the Minnesota Prairie. The farm is buffered to make sure the chemicals from neighboring farms don’t contaminate Prairie crops. The newest products are Prairie Organic Cucumber-Flavored vodka (delicious!) and Prairie Organic Gin. Enjoy this refreshing drink–Cheers!
2 oz Prairie Organic Gin
1 oz lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
1⁄2 oz simple syrup
Splash of club soda
Handful of mint
Muddle mint in shaker. Add gin, lemon juice, lime juice and simple syrup with ice, shake. Keep shaking, then strain into a highball glass and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
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