Fair Trade-Organic Cocktails

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.

One of the best  things about the holidays is the cocktails! As you fill your days with shopping and wrapping gifts, its nice to warm up with a winter treat of nog, with a splash of rum of course. Or as you attend the many Christmas parties, be sure to relax and enjoy some holiday cheer. No we don’t condone gratuitous binge drinking or anything, we just wan you to have the best of times this holiday season. So we have begun a new series, just in time for a new year. Many of you might know that most of our AP team is on double duty and our lovely Anne is a superb bartender by night. She has put together some sumptuous holiday cocktail recipes for you to enjoy. These cocktails and our series have a bit of a twist, and I don’t mean lemon or lime, most the ingredients are either Fair Trade and/or Organic: including the booze! Our first installment includes a delicious and satisfying Apple Snowflake Martini. Most of the ingredients, besides the apple schnapps can be found Fair Trade and organic, yes that includes the vodka!


1 oz vodka

1 oz sour apple schnapps

1 oz apple juice

Sugared apple slice for garnish

Pour vodka, schnapps, and juice over a handful of ice in a cocktail shaker.  Shake until very cold, then strain into a chilled tall glass.  Place apple slice in glass for garnish.  You can also serve this in a martini glass with the apple slice on the rim or floating on top of the drink.

Now to make the ingredients as ethical as possible!

Organic-Fair Trade Vodka: There are a couple of different organic vodkas on the market. Take a peak at 360 Vodka, the very first eco-friendly vodka, check out there waste free philosophy. If you can not locate this brand or are looking for something a tad different, try Crop Vodka. Crop Vodka is also a very smooth and organic spirit. Lastly, check out Square One Vodka, another great and organic certified vodka. If you are looking to go the Fair Trade route check into Fair, the world’s first Fair Trade vodka, although its hard to find in the US currently.

Organic-Fair Trade Apple Juice: Organic apple juice is easy to find in almost any store now. Most major brands produce an organic version of their old recipe including Mott’s and RW Knudson. However, if you are looking to support a smaller all organic juice company check out Lakewood Organic Apple Juice or Eden Organic. There are many Fair Trade juice companies that produce Fair Trade apple juice, however many are not sold in the US, quite yet.

Organic-Fair Trade Apples: You should be able to locate organic apples fairly easily at any market or Co-op near you. Just look for the USDA certified organic label. If you are searching for Fair Trade apples, check out these provided by Interrupcion,  these babies are both Organic and Fair Trade!

The August heat waves are now sweeping the country and although we normally post recipes for vegan food dishes, we thought we’d mix it up with something a bit more refreshing. What better way to beat the summer heat than with Sangria! Not only is it refreshing, it makes a great item to bring to parties and cookouts or to enjoy on your back porch. This recipe only takes a few moments to make, so get out of that sun and RELAX!

Peach-Raspberry Sangria

Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

  • 2 (750 ml) bottles of organic and vegan Riesling wine
  • 1 cup Peach Schnapps or Peach Liquor 
  • 1/2 cup of Lemonade
  • 3 ripe peaches
  • 1 cup of fresh raspberries
  • 1 sliced orange
  • 1 sliced lemon
First slice up the peaches, orange, and lemon into slices. Next pour the liquid ingredients into a large pitcher. Add all of the fruit and mix thoroughly. Place in the fridge for at least an hour to let it cool or serve over ice. If raspberries are not in season, Granny Smith apples also work well! 

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