It’s getting easier and easier to be sustainable with all my imbibing. Not only do I have a regular rotation of sustainable wines that I purchase, I’m finding there are all sorts of sustainable spirits to keep in the liquor cabinet. There’s a new one I’ll be including regularly — American Harvest Organic Spirit.

The people at American Harvest sent me a sample of this vodka, and when I pulled the bottle out of the box, something seemed very familiar. It took me a while, but I finally figured out that I had tasted American Harvest Organic Spirit before.

A few months ago, I was dining at One 53, a wonderful local foods-focused restaurant just outside of Princeton, N.J. The bartender brought the bottle out for my friend Michelle and me to have a tasting of this new organic spirit they had just started carrying. I liked it enough that I made notes on it for future reference.

“Very smooth,” I wrote in my notes. “Could drink this on its own. Need to try in mixed drinks.”

Like most vodkas, there isn’t a distinct flavor to American Harvest. I’d best describe it as smooth, crisp and easy-drinking.

Here are a few of American Harvest Organic Spirit’s sustainable highlights.

  • Made in small batches from organic winter wheat grown on a family owned and sustainably managed American farm. 
  • One-third of the monthly electrical consumption at the distillery comes from local wind generated power.
  • Distillation waste is used as cattle feed.
  • The bottles are coated and decorated with organic inks and water-soluble varnishes.
American Harvest can be used like any vodka – on the rocks, in a martini, or in any mixed drink that calls for vodka. Here are the two drinks I made with it over the weekend. They were both very pleasant.

Sustainable Seabreeze (pictured at right)

In a rocks glass combine:

  • 2 parts American Harvest Organic Spirit
  • 1 1/2 parts fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 part R.W. Knudsen’s Just Cranberry juice
  • 1/2 part agave nectar
Stir well, garnish with an orange slice

Harvest Moon

In a cocktail shaker with ice combine:

  • 2 parts American Harvest Organic Spirit
  • 1/2 part Triple Sec
  • 1/2 part freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 part grenadine
Shake well and pour into a martini glass or other appropriate glassware. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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