Ultimate MidWinter Cocktail

Acai berries and wheat in their native habitats

As much as I adore the four seasons, I am getting a little tired of grey skies and damp weather. Since I can’t take a Spring Break this year due to being totally overworked there’s nothing to do but chase the winter blues away with good old fashioned alcohol.

Just kidding! But for real, I recently discovered two great new organic liquors and decided to make a coconutty cocktail with them.

VeeV is the new liquor
that’s made from organic acai berries. Besides it’s organicness, it’s carbon neutral as certified by Climate Clean. Antioxidant-rich acai is wild harvested (which means it’s picked from the rainforest in a sustainable way while still preserving the surrounding ecosystem). On top of all that, the distillery that makes VeeV uses wind power. And goodness me, this stuff is yummy- mildly sweet and berry-like, but with a kick, it’s great over rocks or mixed into drinks like the one below.

At the Greener Gadgets conference cocktail party, I tried Purus vodka, which is the latest organic vodka (made from 100% organic Italian wheat) to hit the market. It’s nice and smooth and makes a perfect mixer. So I did!

Cocoberry Winter Cocktail

1 shot of VeeV
1 shot Purus vodka
1/2 cup organic coconut sorbet (softened, but not melted)
juice of two blood oranges (I found organic at Trader Joe’s)

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with 2-3 cubes of ice. Shake vigorously and pour into chilled martini glasses. Garnish with orange slices. Drink immediately!

Makes two stiff drinks.

The combination of the mild, sweet flavor of the acai berry, the bite of the vodka, the sweet-tart of the blood orange juice and the rich, creaminess of the coconut made this a winner- an uber creamy martini that avoids the unhealthy fats in milk products.

If you try this, let me know what you think!

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.