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Mixing up Drinks that Support Organic Agriculture

Can you do your part by drinking organic? Okay, it’s only a step, but it’s a fun one! While I don’t encourage anyone to over-indulge in alcohol, I find a glass of sulfite-free wine or an organic vodka with fresh tomato and lime juice to be uncommonly therapeutic on the occasional summer evening. I’m a discriminating eater, and I’m a discriminating drinker. I like a drink to have excellent flavor, and I like it clean and organic.

I first learned that organic alcohol choices existed 5 years ago when I came across Counter, an organic wine and martini bar and vegetarian bistro in Manhattan. I highly recommend their Organic Bloody Sake! Counter is worth a trip. They have a roof-top garden where they grow some of their greens and edible flowers, and wonderful seasonal appetizers.

Why organic drinks? Vodka, for instance, is made from grains that can be produced with grains that are grown with toxic pesticides and chemicals that contaminate our streams and lakes, whereas organically grown grain helps to keep those toxic substances our of our food chain. Since I choose to eat organic foods, grass-fed meat, and free-range eggs, why not drink organic alcoholic beverages? Every dollar we choose to spend can support the environment, or not.

Here is my current favorite organic drink, and where to find the ingredients in the Katonah area. Have fun! Tell me how you like it!

CUCUMBER DILL-ICIOUS!adapted from the Crop website

  • 2 parts Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka available at Front Street Cellar in Croton Falls
  • 1 part fresh organic lime juice available at Mrs. Greens and Nature’s Temptations
  • ½ part agave nectar available at Mrs. Greens and Nature’s Temptations
  • Fresh Dill available at area farmer’s markets!
  • 2-4 slices Cucumber available at all area farmer’s markets! The small local varieties have more intense flavor than the store-bought ones
  • Muddle cucumber and dill with lime juice
    Add vodka and agave nectar
    Garnish with sliced cucumber and dill leaf.

See you at the farmer’s market’s this weekend! Look for my letter to the editor in the Lewisboro Ledger this week regarding farmer’s markets competing for attention. Be sure to check out the KatonahGreen Calendar on the left-hand side of the blog.

–Heather Flournoy

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About Heather Flournoy

I am a writer, social media connoisseur, environmentalist and professional marketer. My personal blog is KatonahGreen.com and my professional website is ReallySocialStrategies.com. I love people's stories, and a passionate cultivator of connections, both for myself and helping others to connect. Tell me who you are, what your story is, and I'll tell you who you should talk to. In my own view, I know some of the most interesting, colorful and profound people in the world. You know who you are. Besides all the above, I am proud to say I am a working class single mother who raised a beautiful daughter. I connect deeply with animals, especially horses. I love music, coffee shops, farmer's markets, growing my own food, sustainable agriculture, broad thinkers, the healing arts, and dive diners.

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6 thoughts on “Mixing up Drinks that Support Organic Agriculture

  1. Heather that drink sounds more like a salad with a major punch! Veggie lover that I am it sounds wonderful!

    Posted by Kari Lønning | July 14, 2009, 4:15 am
  2. Heather that drink sounds more like a salad with a major punch! Veggie lover that I am it sounds wonderful!

    Posted by Kari Lønning | July 14, 2009, 4:15 am
  3. Dear Heather,
    Thanks for you nice comments about my restaurant Counter. Just to let you know we have a new executive chef, pastry chef, and GM. We'll have a completely new menu the first of August and many more improvements to come. Cheers, Deborah Gavito, owner

    For your readers: please check us out at counternyc.com

    Posted by Deborah | July 14, 2009, 2:52 pm
  4. Dear Heather,
    Thanks for you nice comments about my restaurant Counter. Just to let you know we have a new executive chef, pastry chef, and GM. We'll have a completely new menu the first of August and many more improvements to come. Cheers, Deborah Gavito, owner

    For your readers: please check us out at counternyc.com

    Posted by Deborah | July 14, 2009, 2:52 pm
  5. FYI, The three Crop varieties are also available at the Warehouse Liquors store in Danbury, right next to Trader Joe's -saw them there yesterday when I was picking up organic wine!

    Posted by localkitchen | July 18, 2009, 11:19 am
  6. FYI, The three Crop varieties are also available at the Warehouse Liquors store in Danbury, right next to Trader Joe's -saw them there yesterday when I was picking up organic wine!

    Posted by localkitchen | July 18, 2009, 11:19 am

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