Fair Trade-Organic Cocktails


Tonight we say goodbye to 2010, while ringing in the coming year! The ancient Babylonians used to believe that how you spent the first day of the year would affect the rest of your year. This is the reason many gather with friends and family and merrily bring in the first few seconds of a new year! And a merry celebration wouldn’t be complete without some drinks. Champagne is the traditional drink, but we thought we would put a fun twist with an organic cocktail! The Lanesborough is really just a fancier version of a mimosa, but with a little more citrus and a lot of taste! Make sure your first day of the year is filled with happiness and Happy New Year form all of us at AP!!

The Lanesborough

.66 oz Grand Marnier
Add the champagne to a nice champagne flute. In a shaker add the Grand Marnier, organic cranberry juice, organic passion fruit juice. Fill the rest of the shaker with ice. Shake up and add to the flute. Garnish with organic orange spiral twist.

You may have read in the Huffington Post a few weeks ago about the newest trends in American bars, restaurants, and clubs; they are becoming greener. Thanks to website,  www.ecodrinking.com, anyone can hop on the web and search their nearby city for the most ethical way to go out and hit the town when it comes to sustainability, organic options, energy efficiency, and other green initiatives. To find the greenest bars and clubs across the country, the website uses numerous factors to establish whether or not the establishment is worthy of being deemed green.

EcoDrinking describes how there are no clear standards for an establishment to be green seeing that there are innumerable ways to make green initiatives (which is why businesses should begin to think greener!). However, it is easy to compare the establishments to each other by noting the number of green initiatives they are making. Some of the most common initiatives the establishments on EcoDrinking are making are: offering organic beverages, implementing recycling programs, adding more organic ingredients to dishes, using recycled materials, and using local ingredients. Thanks to the Huffington Post, you can check out the ” 9 “greenest” bars in U.S.

If you are looking for a good, and green, time on the west coast, you can check out Temple in San Francisco. Paul Hemming established Temple in response to his frustration with the “wasteful nature” his industry participates in. Temple has made major strides to green up their business. Some of green accomplishments include diverting 89% of their waste away from landfills! Even their kitchen grease is donated in order to create bio-diesel fuel preparation. They also have an eclectic array of artists who perform there allowing you to “stimulate your senses”.

Looking to hit the town in the Mid-West? Check out Uncommon Ground‘s two locations in Chicago’s Wrigleyville and Edgewater neighborhoods. The Edgewater location was just ranked by the Green Restaurant Association as a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant. Uncommon Ground achieved this by using local foods, low-flow spray valves, and completing the décor with reclaimed wood. All employees wear organic cotton uniforms!

And for those of you looking to have a sustainable night out on the East Coast, look no further than Cambridge’s Bambara just across the Charles from Boston. Recycled cane fiber makes up their take-out containers and employees use washable mugs and glasses when taking quick water breaks. Styrofoam has no home at Bambara and recycled paper and soy ink are both used to create new menus whenever possible.

Having a sustainable and ethical evening is easier than you think and can be loads of fun! Next time you head out for dinner after a hard day’s work or want to catch up with old friends over drinks, head over to these establishments. Who doesn’t enjoy an ethically justified night out? By keeping these businesses prospering, we can further spread the message of sustainability to more business across the U.S.

-Derek Rogers

Celebrate America’s 234th birthday this July with an organic and vegan Bloody Mary! What better way to start your Sunday 4th of July, than with a pure-tasting dose of American-made organic vodka coupled with rich organic tomato juice? Despite most Blood Mary recipes, our recipe with vegan Worcestershire sauce truly hits the spot whether you are drinking it at brunch or while watching the fireworks in the evening.  And, of course, our Bloody Mary tastes best when consumed responsibly. We suggest two different brands of organic vodka, Crop Vodka and Square One Vodka. Produced with grains grown in the U.S., Crop Vodka is USDA certified for its organic ingredients . Even better, Crop distills in a manner in which carbon treatment and charcoal filtering is not used. They even offer a tomato infused organic vodka to give your Bloody Mary an extra tomato kick!  Square One uses rye grown in North Dakota that is organically certified. The company also developed its bottle, so it could be used as a vase or container after it is empty! All you have to do is peel off the paper label, which is made of sustainably grown and renewable fiber sources. Cheers to an even more responsible way of drinking!

Organic and Vegan Bloody Mary:

1.5 oz Organic Vodka(either Crop Tomato Infused or Square One)

3 oz Organic Tomato Juice (R. W. Knudsen)

Dash of Vegan Worcestershire Sauce (Annie’s)

Dash of Organic Hot Sauce (Not Cool)

Dash of Horseradish

Dash of Organic Lemon Juice

Dash of Organic Cayenne Pepper (Simply Organic)

Dash of Organic Celery Salt (Simply Organic)

One Organic Celery Stalk

Wedge of Organic Lemon

Three Organic Green Olives on a Fruit Stick

Sherry Mix

Directions:

Combine the vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, horseradish, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and celery salt with a cup of ice cubes. After shaking well, strain into a glass of ice cubes. Add a celery stalk and three green olives on a fruit stick. Lace the drink with Sherry mix and top off the glass with a lemon wedge.

-Derek Rogers

Are you ready to get your drink on? I hope so, because FAIR Vodka is now available in the US. You may remember last September’s blog entry where we introduced our readers to the announcement of the first fair-trade certified Vodka, FAIR Vodka. When we first mentioned this marvelous product, the availability was much more restricted, but thanks to the innovative geniuses behind the Fair Trade Spirits Company, the demand for FAIR Vodka in the US market has been heard and met. Select liquor stores, Whole Foods, and other natural foods stores across the country now supply this socially responsibly made liquor for you to leisurely enjoy at your convenience.

This spirit is very special because it takes the quinoa grain, a great protein source for non-meat eaters and carnivores alike, and ethically produces Vodka that improves lives. Not only is this the first Vodka that has been derived from the quinoa grain, but all the quinoa used is Fair Trade certified. A native of Peru, quinoa has been a staple in the diets of many cultures for over 5,000 years, but only recently has this “super-grain” become popular in the United States. The research behind the FAIR Vodka process totaled two years, and is a collaboration of French distillers and Bolivian farmers who are part of ANAPQUI (Asociacion Nacional de Productores de Quinoa), which was established in 1983 as a collaborative effort for small farmers to collectively sell and market the quinoa they grow.

I can’t wait to introduce my friends and family to my mad-mixing-skills this Memorial Day weekend with the inclusion of FAIR Vodka as the spirit of choice. Barbeques with booze are my favorite, and I would love to swap recipes for mixers to try out. Here are two of my favorite cocktails:

The Cape Cod (or Vodka Cranberry)*

1 1/2 oz FAIR Vodka
4 oz Organic Cranberry Juice

Combine in a highball glass with ice. Garnish with a wedge of lime, and serve.

Espresso Cocktail:*

3/4 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur
3/4 oz FAIR Vodka
1 oz Fair Trade Espresso
Prepare a martini glass with a brown-sugared rim. Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into the prepared glass, and serve.

*Recipes for a single serving

Please feel free to share your favorite recipes! And remember drinking responsibly for yourself and the planet is easy!

-Hannah Bybee

There is no sweeter way to end a lovely romantic evening than with chocolate and alcohol.  That’s right with Valentine’s Day right around the corner both men and women around the country are scrambling to create a night where their partners swoon. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with pomp and circumstance or whether you prefer a quiet night in, we have some perfect suggestions for your honey, especially if they are ethically minded. Below is a Fair Trade and Organic Drink Recipe for a Chocolate Martini and a delicious Fair Trade and Vegan Recipe for Red Velvet Cake. Making either of these, the matinini or the cake or even both combined will make sure your big date will end, well big. Happy Kisses!

Organic & Fair Trade Chocolate Martini Recipe:

2 oz Eco-Friendly Double Chocolate Vodka
1 oz Homemade Fair Trade and Organic Creme de Cocoa
Fair Trade/Organic Chocolate Shavings

Homemade Fair Trade and Organic Creme de Cocoa Recipe:
Makes enough for 4 drinks

2 oz Organic Vodka
1 tsp Organic/Fair Trade Cocoa
1/4 Cup Organic Corn Syrup

Before mixing the martinis, in a shaker combine the ingredients for Homemade Creme de Cocoa. We couldn’t find organic Creme de Cocoa already made so we concocted our own, it is pretty simple, however if you want to cheat you can purchase conventional Creme de Cocoa. Once you have all ingredients shake them up for a few minutes and set aside.

Pour 2 oz of Double Chocolate Vodka and 1 oz of the Creme de Cocoa you just made, over a handful of ice in a cocktail shaker.  Shake until very cold, then strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with chocolate shavings. Serve with Red Velvet Cake listed below.

Double Chocolate Vodka: For a great Double Chocolate Vodka check out 360’s Double Chocolate Eco-friendly Vodka, the first on the market!

Organic Vodka: There are a few brands out there for plain organic vodka such as Square One Vodka, Rain Organic Vodka, and Tru Organic Vodka to name a few. You can also use the plain 360 Eco-friendly Vodka.

Organic/Fair Trade Cocoa: While there are plenty of Organic Cocoa Powders out on the market, there are a couple of companies that provide both Organic and Fair Trade Cocoa Powder such as Equal Exchange and Green & Black’s.

Organic/Fair Trade Corn Syrup: The only organic corn syrup currently on the market is made by Wholesome Sweeteners, it also happens to be Fair Trade certified. If you can not find this, you can substitute with another liquid sweetener such as organic agave.

Fair Trade/Organic Chocolate: You are in luck with this one! There are plenty of Fair Trade and Organic Chocolates out there including Equal Exchange, Theo,  and Green & Black’s to name a few.

Vegan & Fair Trade Red Velvet Cake:

2.5 Cups Organic Flour
2 Cups Evaporated Cane Juice or other sweetener
1/4 Cup Fair Trade Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Organic Baking Powder
1 tsp Organic Baking Soda
1 tsp salt
1.5 Cups Organic Vanilla Soymilk
2 tsps White Vinegar
1/2 Cup Organic Canola Oil
2.5 Tbls Soy Yogurt
2oz Vegan All Natural Red Food Coloring
3 tsps Organic Fair Trade Vanilla

Vegan Chocolate Creme Cheese Frosting:
1 Cup Organic Earth Balance or other vegan margarine
1 Cup Follow Your Heart Creme Cheese or other vegan creme cheese
1/8-1/4 Cup Fair Trade Cocoa Powder (see above)
2 Tsp Organic Fair Trade Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use 2 9″ pans and grease lightly with Earth Balance or use non stick pans. In a mixing bowl combine the soy milk and vinegar and let it stand for 5 minutes. This should curdle a little. While this is settling, in an other bowl sift together the Flour, Cane Juice, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, and Salt. After the soy milk and vinegar curdles, add in the Canola Oil, Soy Yogurt, Food Coloring, and Vanilla stir until combined. While mixing constantly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until no lumps occur. Pour the batter into the two 9″ pans and bake for 30-35 minutes.

While the cake is baking, mix in a large bowl softened Earth Balance, Creme Cheese, Cocoa Powder, and Vanilla. Stir until fully mixed and refrigerate until cake is cooled off. Frost the first layer, add the next layer, and frost the top. Garnish with shavings from a Fair Trade Chocolate bar or berries (think red: strawberries or raspberries). Serve with Organic Wine, Organic Champagne with Stawberries, or the Chocolate Martinis listed above.

What better way to start off the new year than to indulge in an ethical toast, including organic champagne. For New Year’s Eve, we have put together a special little cocktail entitled French Kiss. Not only does it include the New Year’s standard of champagne, but it is titled after the ceremoniously New Year’s kiss. Tonight while you are ringing in the new year, use this recipe to make sure your New Year starts off on an ethical note. On behalf of all of us at AP, we wish you a very Happy New Year!!

French Kiss

1 oz Lillet

4 oz Champagne

Orange twist for garnish

Pour Lillet into a champagne flute and slowly add champagne.  Twist orange peel over drink and drop in. 

Lillet is a French aperitif from Bordeaux that is similar to a cognac, but not as strong.  It is a blend of 85% aged wine and citrus liqueurs made from a variety of oranges.  An aperitif is a before dinner drink that is supposed to stimulate the appetite.  It needs to be served chilled or over ice (if not in this drink). So far there are no certified organic Lillets to our knowledge, however hopefully the market will contain some soon! If you know of a brand or company, please share with us in the comments.

Organic Champagne: There are several different organic champagnes on the market. In fact, Planet Green recommends a couple, however make sure you do not use rose champagne for this particular cocktail. There are also a few biodynamic brands that are carried at mainstream markets such as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, however, you should always check at your local store or Co-op first.

Organic Oranges: Organic oranges can be found at most markets, including Natural Food Stores and Co-ops. Just be sure to read the label and be sure they are certified organic. 


Today is finally Christmas Eve and with one of the most celebrated holiday around just around the corner, it is time to start celebrating! What better way to kick back and relax with loved ones than to enjoy some cocktails? And even better when they are ethical! Today is a special two for one treat. We want to share with you two of our favorite holiday cocktails, made Fair Trade and Organic of course! So sit down by the fire and share stories while you wait for a visit from Santa and enjoy this wonderful conscientious spirits! Happy Holidays from all of us on the AP team.

Mulled Wine:

  • 2 bottles of organic dry Red Wine
  • Peel of 1 organic orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1/4 Cup packed organic brown sugar

In a small saucepan heat the red wine on low heat, be sure not to let it boil. Next with a vegetable peeler add the orange zest of the orange peel. Next mix in the spices and sugar. Be sure to stir throughout. Keep on low heat until the mixture begins to steam. At this point it is ready to be served. Garnish with orange slices or cinnamon sticks.

Now to make it ethical:

Organic/Fair Trade Red Wine: There are many great organic wineries existing now including: Frey Vineyard and Organic Wine Company. For some great recommendations read this article on organic and vegan wines as well as the Organic Wine Journal. If you are looking for a nice Fair Trade wine, look no further than Etica Fair Trade Wine.

Organic Oranges: Organic oranges can be found at your local co-op or natural foods store and in most major markets these days. Just be sure to look for the USDA certified Organic symbol.

Organic/Fair Trade Spices: There are a number of different organic spice companies including Simply Organic and The Great Spice Company. Once again, keep a look out for the USDA organic symbol when choosing your organic spices. If you want to support Fair Trade spices check into Silk Road Spices and Mountain Rose Herbs. Both these great companies are Green America approved, Fair Trade and Organic certified.

Organic/Fair Trade Brown Sugar: Wholesome Sweetners makes perfect organic and Fair Trade certified  brown sugar, which works great for baking or this recipe! You can also use Florida Crystals, their brown sugar is certified organic, however not Fair Trade.

Holiday Nog:

1.5 oz  Papagayo Organic Spiced Rum from Paraguay

2 oz Nog

For the 2 ounces of nog you can either try out one of our Vegan Holiday Nog recipes from scratch (we offer a raw or soy based option) or purchase Soy or Rice Nog from the store. If you would like warm and toasty nog, quadruple the recipe and heat the nog in a saucepan at medium heat. Be sure not to heat it to a boil and add in the rum. Mix thoroughly and serve warm. Garnish with organic cinnamon or cinnamon sticks.

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