Awww there is nothing quite like a refreshing cocktail to cool down on those warm midsummer evenings. Even better, when that cocktail is made with Fair Trade and organic ingredients. One of our favorite drinks of all time are mojitos, however in the summer heat, the classic minty flavor just ins’t enough to cool down. In order to solve this we have added one of the newest in Fair Trade certified products and a delicious, refreshing fruit: mangoes!

Midsummer Mango Mojitos 

Peel the mango and cut into slices. Mush the mango in a bowl an set aside. In a sturdy cup, drop the mint leaves in and add 1 ounce of rum. Let the leaves soak for about a minute and muddle with a muddler or handle of a wooden spoon. Add in 1/4 cup of mushed mango and mix. Add in ice and pour the lemon lime soda. Mix and garnish with a sprig of mint or lime wedge.

It’s almost the New Year and time to ring it in! They say how you spend your New Year’s Eve is how you will spend the rest of the year. So if you want to welcome the new year right, ring it in with an ethical twist. Today we have a delicious organic and fair trade cocktail recipe complete with champagne. This recipe also works great for New Year’s Day brunches, as it is traditionally a morning drink. Not only will this recipe taste delicious to your guests, it will feel good going down. So start your year off right with an organic drink. Happy New Year!!

Organic Lemon Rose Bellini

4 oz Organic Champagne
1/2 oz Fair Trade Vodka
1 Tbsp Organic Lemon Sorbet
2 Organic Raspberries

You have many sources for organic champagne including Brut Nature Champagne and Proseccos. Check out this handy organic champagne guide for more choices. For Fair Trade vodka, we suggest you look for FAIR, made from Fair Trade certified quinoa. You should be able to find organic raspberries at your local farmer’s market, natural foods store, or grocery store. These locations should also carry organic lemon sorbet. We suggest using Natural Choice Foods Organic Lemon Sorbet. Now to make the drink…

In a cocktail shaker, add the vodka and sorbet. Shake these ingredients thoroughly and then add in the champagne. Stir, do not shake after adding champagne. Strain into a champagne flute and top with raspberries. Repeat for each drink served.

These heat waves sweeping across the country just feel relentless! We sure know how to beat the summer heat in style with delicious fair trade and organic cocktails! I mean, who is going to say no to a refreshing, cooling cocktail on a warm summer night. We have the perfect recipe for you too, including spirit recommendations! So get out of that heat and into a Summer Berry Mojito.

Summer Berry Mojito

1 1/2 oz Organic Light Rum
2 Tbsp Fair Trade Sugar
1/2 Organic Lime, Juiced
8-12 Fresh Organic Mint Leaves
4 Organic Blackberries
4 Organic Raspberries
4 Organic Blueberries
Soda Water

In a bowl or sturdy cup, crush and muddle the mint and sugar.  Fill glass with crushed ice and add in the rum and lime juice, stir. Add in the muddled mint and sugar, as well as the berries. Fill the remainder of the glass with soda water and stir. Garnish the drink with an extra sprig of mint.

Unfortunately, there is no fair trade rum offered in the US (if you are in the UK try Utkins or Papagayo). However, we do have organic options here in the states such as Crusoe Organic Silver Rum. For fair trade sugar we recommend Wholesome Sweetners, which is also organic. For organic fruits and mints, check your local farmer’s market, natural foods store, or Whole Foods.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!  Today we celebrate all things Irish, or really we drink their beer, eat their foods, and wear the color green, but hey that’s close enough. We thought we would do a special cocktail recipe for this day. What better way to party like the Irish than to indulge in some whiskey and coffee? Ok so I don’t really know how authentic it is, seeing how I’ve never been to Ireland (but yes I do have a tiny bit of Irish blood in me). Anyway, we have put together this nice Vegan Irish Coffee recipe made with all organic and fair trade ingredients! As the Irish say, Sláinte!

Vegan Irish Coffee

6 oz Hot Fair Trade Organic Coffee
1 1/2 oz Organic Whiskey
1 tsp Organic Fair Trade Brown Sugar
Organic Soy Whip or Creamer to taste

Organic Nutmeg or Cinnamon for garnish

Brew your favorite brand of organic fair trade coffee (we suggest Equal Exchange) either in a french press or in your coffee maker. Once the coffee is hot, pour into a mug and add the whiskey and brown sugar. Mix until the sugar is melted.

Organic whiskey is new to the market and you may have trouble finding it. The closest we found to Irish Whiskey was Lion’s Pride Organic Whiskey out of Chicago and Organic Malt Whiskey from Braeside Farms Distillery in Oregon.  There are a few other organic whiskies, most hailing form Wales, Scotland, and England. As far as brown sugar, try Wholesome Sweetners Light Brown Sugar, which is vegan, fair trade, and organic!

Next, fill the rest of the mug with soy creamer or whipped cream. The whip is usually a bit thicker and works better for this recipe. We recommend either Soyatoo whipped cream or creamer, both made with organic ingredients.  Lastly, garnish your drink with a few sprinkles of organic nutmeg or cinnamon for a little extra taste.

Check out Mountain Rose Herbs for fair trade spices and Simply Organic for all organic spices. All the fair trade and organic products listed above should easily be found at your local co-op, natural foods grocery, Whole Foods, or online. For the whiskey, you will need to order online or go to a specialty liquor store, Bev & More is a good place to start. Once again, Happy St. Patrick’s Day and drink responsibly!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and as the day approaches, your plans are being made. Whether you have a hot date, spending the night at home, or enjoying the time with your best friends: you will want to have a delicious drink in your hand. As part of our Fair Trade and Organic Cocktails segment we have put together a great love themed or flirty singles drink for the big day. The Flirtini is a great mix of flavors that will impress your date or give you the courage to ask one out! The best part is many of the ingredients can be made fair trade or organic to give it that conscious and eco-friendly punch. Remember to drink responsibly and Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Flirtini

3 ounces organic vodka

1.5 ounces all natural Chambord
Splash of organic lime juice
Splash of all natural sour
Fill a shaker with ice. Add all liquid ingredients above and shake. Strain into martini glass and serve straight up. Garnish with a slice of lime.
Recommendations:
For organic vodkas, there are a whole host of choices including Square One and Rain. So far there is only one fair trade vodka on the market: FAIR Spirits!  They also make a fair trade Goji liquor that is a great addition.  As far as Chambord goes, there is only one brand and currently they state that all their ingredients are natural, however, not certified organic. Hopefully that will change soon!  The brand Ripe makes an all natural Sour Cocktail Mix made with organic ingredients such as organic agave. Lastly, organic limes can be found at most grocery stores, co-ops, and natural foods stores.


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

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