I can’t deny it, I’m a vodka martini kind of a girl. My favorite is a very well made dirty vodka martini, but really I will drink them any way they come. I’ve always been very picky about the brand of vodka I will drink though, my preference has always been Grey Goose, or perhaps a Stoli for a flavored martini, anything less than that and I’m likely to switch to a glass of wine instead. Recently though, I was introduced to Prairie organic vodka, and it hasn’t taken long for this to become the only kind of vodka I will permit in my fridge.
Prairie manages to appeal to me on so many levels, from the beautiful, and slightly kitsch yellow label, to the fact that it’s organic (and organic vodka has to be good for you right?). That, added to the beautiful clean crisp taste, with light hints of fruit, puts it in that very small group of vodkas that can be drank straight, making this a must-have for any cocktail lovers cabinet.
Prairie is produced by a co-op of over 900 American farmers, and is micro distilled from yellow corn in Benson, Minnesota by a fifth-generation family of spirit makers, it’s also been named “Best New Vodka” by Food & Wine Magazine in 2009 and winner of the Double Gold Medal at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Prairie retails at around $30 a bottle in the USA. If you want to try my favorite dirty martini, here is the recipe;
3 oz Prairie vodka
1 oz dry vermouth
1/2 oz olive brine
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with an olive, and serve, what could be simpler