Reyka Vodka!


I will admit that I’m a tried-and-true Russian vodka fan, though I’ve not been able to find one In that’s organic, and it kinda sucks that it comes all the way from Russia, of course. Every time a make a drink I can’t help but think of how far my favorite spirit has come to greet my thirsty lips. Now I’ve found one that’s at least a little closer to my East Coast home.

Reyka vodka is (quite proudly) from Iceland, as they note, land of puffins, volcanoes and a female president. For a country of just 300,000 people, I have to report that they make a great distilled drink. Very clean tasting, yet still has that pleasant vodka taste. You can drink it straight out of a chilled shot glass or mix it up with your favorite ingredients (see martini recipe below). Either way, it’s a delicious experience.

So, you’re probably wondering what makes this a “green” vodka seeing as it does have to be flown from Iceland. Reyka is the only vodka distilled using geothermal energy, which is abundant in Iceland due to the prevalence of volcanic activity there. Steam from the Earth’s interior powers 100% of the distillery’s processes, and emits absolutely no CO2.

In celebration of Iceland’s 63rd birthday, Reyka’s also offering a trip for you (and nine friends!) to go to Iceland. Now that’s a party. You can enter here.

Also, check out their extremely cute ad on YouTube…

Starre’s Waterberry Martini

1.5 shots of vodka
2 cups of chunked and chilled watermelon
1/4 cup strawberry juice (pomagranate would be delicious too)
juice of one whole lime
Fresh strawberry and lime garnish

Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Makes one large, frothy summer cocktail (tastes excellent with tequila instead of vodka too). Garnish with lime wedge and thinly sliced strawberries.

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.