I mentioned my search for the perfect Earth Day cocktail, and a friend laughingly said, "So basically your profession is just about finding any excuse to drink — an Earth Day cocktail, seriously Maureen?" It's not an excuse to drink, but holidays and events do make me think about what I'm drinking. Which is basically the point of Earth Day — to think about this great big thing we're standing on. So in honor of it, I wanted to share a sip that was eco-friendly and of course delicious.
Veev is this yummy spirit made from the superfruit, acai berries. We've seen them mixed in everything from sorbet to smoothies, and now they've taken to the bar.
This superfruit spirit is perfect for Earth Day because they are uber eco-chic. $1 from every bottle sold goes to the Brazilian Rainforest Preservation (home of the acai berry). Not to mention, everything from its production, which uses wind energy and keeps a very small carbon footprint, to its bottling with recycled glass and synthetic corks, keeps Veev at the top of the list for most environmentally friendly spirits.
So, it's got the eco- allure but how does Veev taste?
The spirit is clear like vodka but has a unique fruity aroma. Veev tastes clean with a hint of citrus and finishes off smooth. It's made of exotic fruits — acai playing the big part, but prickly pear and acerola cherries (also native to Brazil) are in there too. You can sip it straight up, but I prefer it blended. It can easily take the place of vodka in most cocktails and like vodka it blends well with a variety of flavors including the cranberry and lime in this Acai Cosmo cocktail recipe. Check out Veev and make a difference with your drink of choice this Earth Day.
1 1/2 ounces Veev Acai Spirit 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier 2 ounces cranberry juice Squeeze of fresh lime
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker full of ice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a fresh, strawberry, lemon twist or lime wheel.
Maureen C. Petrosky writes what she knows, food, booze and parties. Author of The Wine Club, she appears regularly on The TODAY show to share her vices, and advice with the world. For more info check out www.maureenpetrosky.com