While drinking responsibly has its place, it’s the message of social responsibility that’s being touted as the next reason to enjoy your vodka, gin, or fine wine. Companies are jumping onto the greener side with certified organic spirits and pure water combinations. It’s easy to find organic wines at many gourmet food stores, but now organic vodka and gin are popping up across the globe’s liquor outposts.
Juniper Green Organic Gin is a U.K.-based company that developed the world’s first organic gin. Certified by The Soil Association in the U.K., this mixture makes use of organic grain to provide a smooth and unique flavor. Organic botanicals are infused into the gin for a fresh take on the standard; choose from organic juniper berries, angelica root, coriander, or savory. The gin is distilled at the famous Thames Clapham Distillery in London, a British legend for almost 300 years.
While most U.S.-based vodka is made from corn, organic vodka is distilled from grains and potatoes that are deemed certified organic. Orange V offers a citrus-infused concoction made from pesticide-free organic grains harvested from organic farmers around the country. The distillery is located in Idaho, and the process makes use of a four-column cycle and reverse osmosis filter. If that’s not complicated enough, it’s also infused with natural extracts of Florida oranges. Orange V can be found in select states in the U.S., and also purchased online through Astor Wines & Spirits.
Vermont is the place to find your bottle of Sunshine Vodka. This vodka is made with GMO-free grains from farmer owned co-ops in the area, and the 190 proof spirits are balanced with pure Vermont Spring Water. The Green Mountains Distillery doesn’t use any filtration or additive process, and the vodka can be purchased at D&M Wines & Liquers online.
The All Things Organic conference in May 2007 brought forward the Square One Organic Vodkabrand as a sponsor, the exclusive vodka of choice served during cocktail hour at the event. Square One vodka makes use of North Dakota-grown rye for grain and fresh water from the Teton Mountains. A special organic fermentation process makes this a premium brand, and the startup plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to non-political environmental causes. This one’s outfitted in an attractive square glass bottle, and even the label is printed on bamboo and cotton paper. Staying true to eco-friendly practices, the company encourages drinkers to reuse the bottle as a vase.
If you’re looking for a new way to join the eco-movement, perhaps your next cocktail can help you take a step in the right direction. Take your pick of these fresh brands as you mix up that martini, and you’ll be supporting social responsibility in the process.