Another organic vodka has hit the market and this one is from the heartland of the United States. The fifth-generation of family distillers who run the Phillips Distilling Company have turned a new, green page with the recent release of Prairie Organic Vodka.
This corn-based vodka is certified organic and kosher. All of the corn used in Prairie is grown by a co-op of 900 farmers in and around Benson, Minnesota where the vodka is produced.
From the corn to the stills to the bottling, Prairie is organic and has reduced the environmental impact of production significantly.
Making Prairie Organic Vodka
How green is Prairie? The entire production process has been certified organic by the USDA and kosher by the Orthodox Union. This means that the corn is free of chemicals, is not grown from genetically modified seed and the farmers do not use artificial fertilizers.
The co-op of farmers behind Prairie are also stakeholders in the company so we can be assured that they want the company to succeed and live up to the standards set for it.
Beyond the fields, the distillation process is designed to be as “green” and clean as possible. The kosher certification requires all equipment to be sterilized in between batches to ensure purity.
Any biomass waste from the corn and other material is converted to energy to run the stills and the distillers dried grains are used as feed on the farms from which the corn originated.
Into the bottling, the glass is recycled and unfrosted and the bottles are packed in cardboard from sustainable wood pulp. Using locally grown grains also cuts the fuel costs of production.
Enjoy Prairie Organic Vodka
What about the spirit itself? It is pretty good and equal to its other premium, organic counterparts.
This vodka is really lush, almost creamy and rich with a clean, corn flavor.
Prairie is a great organic that works well in almost any vodka cocktail. In fact, its profile adds more depth to the drinks than many other vodkas. Be sure to try it in the spring with sugar snap peas in this Green Giant recipe.
Enjoy it with fresh ingredients and, just so you don’t ruin all the eco-work that has gone into this spirit, be sure to be as eco-friendly a bartender as you can be.
The aroma is that of sweet melon with pale grain notes that take the forefront. The palate is exceptionally velvety and luscious with very warm tones, which are almost buttery. The finish is a long, smooth segue to the next sip with cracks of burnt corn.
As of the summer of 2014, Prairie Organic Spirits now produces a gin and a cucumber-flavored vodka as well. The Prairie Refresh is a good cocktail to try the cucumber vodka in.
About Prairie Organic Vodka
- Organic vodka distilled from corn grown in Minnesota near the distillery.
- Produced by Ed Phillips and Sons Co. of Phillips, Minnesota
- Retails for around $24.99/750 ml bottle
- Released in May 2008
- 40% alcohol/volume (80 proof)
- Gold Medal winner at the 2008 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirit Awards
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