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.