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Eat this! Quinoa is a drink, too

Prasino cocktails

Prasino's “Green” cocktail, second from left, contains Fair quinoa vodka, strawberries, basil, soda and honey.

What it is: Last week, we told you about quinoa. Now, there’s a vodka made from it.
The spirits, made by Fair, a French company, are produced from Fair Trade-certified ingredients and comply with organic farming methods.

Where it comes from: The vodka is made from Bolivian quinoa, cultivated by a cooperative of 1,200 farmers. Their harvest is exported to Cognac, France, where it is brewed and distilled.

What to do with it: Use Fair Quinoa Vodka in any favorite vodka cocktail. At Prasino in Wicker Park and LaGrange bartender Todd Ekis creates a “green” cocktail with Fair Quinoa Vodka and strawberries.

Prasino’s ‘green’ cocktail
Mixologist Todd Ekis

1-1/2 ounces Fair Quinoa Vodka
1-1/2 ounces fresh strawberry puree
Ice
Oogave mandarin key lime soda
Honey to taste
Fresh basil

Shake the vodka and strawberry puree with ice and strain into a highball glass. Top with Oogave soda. Drizzle with honey and add in fresh basil. Stir and serve.

 
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