Organic Goji Berry Vodka Martini – a Cocktail with Benefits???

If you’re looking for a cocktail to serve during the festivities this holiday season, the Organic Goji Berry Vodka Martini is a perfect option.  It’s festive, delicious and potentially nutritious, thus the benefits!  Though we’re not making any health claims, alcohol is known to extract nutrients and Goji Berries are packed full of nutrients.  There is a reason why they are considered the number one food in the Traditional Chinese Medicine system.  Soaking the Organic Goji Berries in the Organic Vodka allows the vodka to take in the various nutrients found in the goji berries, so the longer you can let them soak, the better – a few hours is good but overnight is better!

What you end up with is a tart, yet slightly sweet refreshing cocktail.  The color makes it perfect for the holiday season but it’s also a refreshing option on those hot summer days!

Let us know what you think if you get a chance to try it!

If you’d like more information on the health benefits of goji berries you can check here and here

Goji Berries are currently available on our site as part of our Super Foods Collection but will soon be available on their own here.

Here is the recipe for easy printing
Ingredients for the full recipe
12 oz or 375 ml your favorite Organic Vodka
½ C Organic Goji Berries
6 oz of Cointreau
3 cups of Organic Pomegranate Juice
3 cups of Organic Cranberry Juice
3/4 cup Organic Lime Juice
Small Ice Cubes (preferably made with spring or filtered water)

Prep Work:
Pour the Vodka into a glass pitcher and add in the Goji Berries. Let the Goji Berries soak in the Vodka for at least a few hours but overnight is best.

Strain the Vodka Goji Berry mixture and set some of the goji berries aside for the Martini.

Put 2 oz of the Vodka Goji Berry mixture into a shaker or container with a cover.
Add in:
½ oz of Cointreau
½ cup of Organic Pomegranate Juice
½ cup of Organic Cranberry Juice
2 Tbsp of Organic Lime Juice
Ice Cubes

Shake well
Pour into 2 martini glasses

Repeat till all the mixture is used.

And please, when consuming alcohol, always remember to drink responsibly!
Cheers!

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Green Gifts Guide – Hostess Gifts (or Host Gifts)

Green Gift Options for Hostess Gifts

Well, Halloween’s over and that can only mean one thing… the holiday season is now underway and with it come the invitations to the various festivities and parties.  Now is a great time to look into hostess gifts (and host gifts), especially for those last minute invitations.

Hostess gifts don’t have to be elaborate, but it ultimately depends on the occasion and whether an overnight stay is involved.  When it comes to holiday parties, however, hostess gifts are usually a small gesture of appreciation for being welcomed into someone’s home.

Wine remains one of the more popular hostess gifts.  According to many sources, wine consumption is growing in North America, with the US now the world’s largest market for wine by volume (source: Gomberg-Fredrikson), though Canada’s per capital consumption is a bit higher than that of the US.  Wine consumers are also becoming more knowledgeable and more adventurous with an increasing interest in the different varieties of wine from different geographical locations.  This presents an excellent opportunity for Hostess Gifts, particularly when it comes to Organic wines.  There are now a number of excellent organic wine options and at varying price levels including some great local Organic wines such as Frog Pond Farms in Ontario, Summerhill Pyramid Winery in BC and Bonterra in the US.  There are also a great number of excellent organic wines worldwide.

Spirits are also an appropriate gift and it is becoming increasingly easier to find Organic versions of spirits, especially vodka.  Here are a few options

Organic Vodka:

Tru Organic Vodka
Square One 
Rain Vodka

Organic Tequila

Azunia Platinum
Casa Noble Crystal Tequila 

Puro Verde Estate Bottled Tequila

 

Organic Gin

Organic Nation
Schramm Gin 

Organic Rum

Crusoe Organic Rum 

Organic Whisky

Pemberton Valley Single Mart Whisky
Bruichladdich Single Malt 

Food Gifts

Food gifts, whether homemade or gift baskets are also a good option for a hostess gift, but etiquette states that the recipient should not be expected to serve the food gift as part of the celebration.  Rather it should be clear to the recipient that it is intended solely for their enjoyment and left completely at their discretion whether or not to serve it.   Our Fresh Unlimited Organic Gift Baskets Collection features a number of great options for hostess gifts, from our Coffee Bliss gift basket to a more elaborate Distinctive Gourmet Gift Baskets.  Simple gourmet foods items are also excellent ideas, particularly for those who love to cook such as our Pink Himalayan Salt Gift Set or our Organic Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Set.

Decor

Other great alternatives for hostess gifts include items that would add a touch of beauty to the host’s home without overwhelming their decor.  Our Tres’Or Beeswax Candle Cube Trio would add a nice touch of ambiance to any setting while our Glycerine Soap Trio, (three glycerine cubes in a translucent green and a translucent purple), would add a great touch of beauty and color!

For more ideas, check out our entire selection of green gifts at http://www.freshunlimited.com