Who’s excited about this warm weather? As I mentioned in this post, it’s Earth Month. While you may already buy organic fruits and veggies for your home, did you know that you can also purchase organic and sustainable spirits? Drinking alcohol may not be at the top of everyone’s health list, but it has an important social role, so what’s health without mental health?
If you’ve attended any fashion event in New York, you probably have already tasted Kanon Vodka, and they have an interesting story. It’s a very old brand (the first production dates back to 1580), but it wasn’t until the 1990’s that they chose to make their vodka 100% organic. Not only does this make it taste better, but it’s also better for you and the environment.
As of this posting, the Swedish brand has unfortunately decided to stop production, but I think it’s important to note that supporting brands that have sustainable goals is an important step to encouraging all brands to adapt more responsible practices. If you can find Kanon at your local liquor store or online, I highly recommend getting a taste before it’s gone.
If you can’t find it, don’t fret, because there are several other organic vodka brands that have come out on the market including Rain, Square One, Crop and Organic Ocean, and I hope the next time you think about making a cocktail, you choose (and drink) responsibly.
For this drink, I had fresh pineapple and basil on hand, so I decided to combine the two to make an usual but tasty cocktail. If you don’t like pineapple, you can use strawberries and if basil isn’t your thing, swap it for mint instead. It’s refreshing and just sweet enough to please most palates and fancy enough to impress your friends.
Pineapple Basil Kocktail
- 5 medium to large basil leaves,
- 1/4 cup fresh pineapple, cut into cubes
- 1 1/2 oz organic vodka
- Crushed or cracked ice
- Club soda
Chiffonade the basil and add to a shaker with the pineapple cubes and muddle. Add the vodka, stir, and pour into a rocks glass filled with ice. Gently toss between the glass and the shaker, finishing in the rocks glass. Top with club soda, stir, garnish with a a sprig of basil and enjoy.