For a Fun Night Call….360 Vodka!

360 vodka

As those who know and love me are aware, I love vodka. And though I:

-eat organic, local food (except for my unfortunate pineapple habit, which I’m twelve-stepping my way through….did you know to get 1 lb. of pineapple to our plates, it takes 40 lbs of CO2! Serious bummer.)

-don’t drink bottled water unless there’s an emergency (I love my Sigg bottle!)

-never, ever throw my cigarette butts in the street (I know, smoking’s a disgusting habit, but I only smoke 4-5 a week)

-keep my house at near-freezing levels in the winter to conserve energy

So even though I do all these things, and more, I’ve been slow to buy organic spirits. But once I tried 360 vodka, I vowed to change my ways. Not only is it excellent both chilled straight up, but it make a fabulous mixer. And it wears it’s eco-friendliness on its sleeve, literally:

360 Vodka copy
(Click here to see a blown up version of the label)

I brought my bottle over to my good friend (and vegan chef extraordinaire) Pauline’s house and we made gingery cocktails (see recipe below) from the 360, and enjoyed an awesome meal of hummous and fresh bread, arugula, pear and almond salad, summer zucchini risotto with fresh tomato tapenade, with a hand-picked blueberry turnover for dessert. Talk about enjoying the harvest!

Pauline’s Ginger Limey

1.5 shots vodka
1/4 cup organic limeade
1/3 bottle ginger beer
Fresh lime wedge

Pour ingredients in glass with plenty of ice, mix with finger, garnish with lime wedge.

For more cocktail ideas, check this page out.

Yes, our glasses are very empty in this picture…

Many thanks to my friend Pauline Dean, dedicated vegan animal LOVER, Willie Nelson devotee, and polka-dot popularizer.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.