If you make a point to get your share of organic fruits and veggies, it only makes sense that your cocktail consumption should follow suit. Fortunately, this task is now easier than ever with a slew of distilleries forgoing genetically modified ingredients, toxic chemicals, and artificial flavors. Use them in one of our festive cocktail recipes and get into the holiday spirit -- naturally.
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These organic liquors are rich in both flavor and sustainability. Look for them at your local spirit shop.
Ed Phillips & Sons Prairie Organic Vodka
Flavor: Hints of melon and pear give this organic-corn-derived vodka a bright, creamy finish.
Fact: The distillery (owned by a co-op of 900 Minnesota farmers) powers the stills with biogas energy converted from leftover corncobs. $68
Purus 100% Organic Wheat Vodka
Flavor: With a touch of citrus and water from the Italian Alps, this vodka makes for a crisp, subtly sweet sipper.
Fact: The company plants a tree sapling in North America for each person who registers at the Purus Web site. $39.99
Square One Cucumber Vodka
Flavor: Organic cucumber essence delivers a refreshing tang to this organic rye vodka that's as cool as, well, a cucumber.
Fact: The 100 percent recyclable bottle and tree-free label offer an eco-conscious product inside and out. $35
Papaygayo Organic Spiced Rum
Flavor: This rum-distilled from organic sugar cane and rich in vanilla-lends a warm afterglow.
Fact: Hailing from an organic farming project in Paraguay, the sugar cane is certified by the International Fair Trade Association. $25.95
Highland Harvest Organic Scotch Whisky
Flavor: The mix of three organic malts results in a smooth whiskey.
Fact: Approved by the California Certified Organic Farmers and the British Soil Association, it's the first whiskey certified organic on both sides of the pond. $39.95
Bluecoat American Dry Gin
Flavor: Organic citrus peels balance the juniper berries (also organic) for a dry gin that's tangy, not tart.
Fact: The copper-pot still sits 15 feet off the ground, allowing gravity to guide the process instead of electric valves and pumps. $26
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