I was sent a bottle of Blue Ice American Organic Wheat Vodka to taste test. It’s USDA certified organic made from Idaho water and locally harvested, certified organic winter wheat.

By now, you all know I’m a wine girl, but I enjoy a mixed drink every now and then, too. So I took the bottle last Saturday night to a cookout at my friends’ house, and my friend Mike and I did a little taste test and then a little mixing.

The vodka is really good – clean and a tiny bit spicy without too much of that after burn that some vodkas can give. I’m not a vodka connoisseur, but Mike said he’d rate it right up there with Grey Goose. After a taste of it straight, we went to work on creating a drink from it. Here’s what we came up with.

South Jersey Fruity Orange Creamsicle

2 oz Blue Ice Organic Vodka

2 oz orange juice

2 oz fruit punch

2 oz club soda

scoop of soft vanilla ice cream

Fill tall glass with ice; add vodka, juices and club soda. Stir in ice cream until it’s mostly dissolved (don’t use a blender). Enjoy.

Mike’s wife Penny also enjoyed the vodka in some Mudslide mix and it worked well.

If you’re looking to be more eco-conscious and sustainable with your spirits, give Blue Ice American Organic Wheat Vodka a try. It retails for around $30 in stores. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.