September is National Organic Month, and there’s no better time to discover and celebrate all things organic. And we’re not just talking about food—organic ingredients in cocktails are often more flavorful and help to preserve environmental integrity.
In 1992, the Organic Trade Association declared September as the ideal month to encourage people to learn about growing and eating organic. The goal of National Organic Month (also known as Organic Harvest Month) is to bring awareness to the value of organic agriculture. It’s a great time to find all kinds of local organic produce and products, particularly at farmers markets.
Fortunately, farm-to-table has expanded to the bar. Organic spirits offer a new level of purity to a sustainable lifestyle. If you care about the ingredients in your cocktails, our award-winning organic tequilas are ideal additions for stellar organic drinks you’ll fall in love with. Here’s a round-up of cocktails made with natural ingredients to celebrate National Organic Month and drink organically year-round:
Tip 1: When it comes to an organic lifestyle, less is usually more.
Just like with food, organic cocktails have fewer ingredients than non-organic ones, especially when they contain pre-made drinks and mixers. Keep it simple with the Azuñia Organica, our honestly authentic, endlessly inventive expression of an organic skinny margarita recipe. Made with Azuñia Blanco or Reposado USDA Certified Organic Tequila, organic 100% agave syrup, and fresh lime, this refreshing cocktail is less than 150 calories but big on taste. Having a party? Make this recipe ahead of time in batches and pour over fresh ice to keep the party going all night long!
Do organic craft cocktails sound more appealing? Try the Agave Maize, a unique popcorn cocktail inspired by the standby bar snack. Featuring Azuñia Blanco organic tequila, house-made pineapple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and an heirloom popcorn reduction, this masterpiece can be made with all-organic ingredients. It’s the perfect combo of sweet and salty!
Tip 2: When you mix your drinks yourself, you know exactly what’s in them.
It’s easy to make your own homemade infusions, syrups, etc. This way, there’s no second-guessing if you and your guests are imbibing sustainably. Our herbaceous Lemon Hills cocktail is an impressive example—choose organic yellow bell peppers to make the syrup, along with muddled organic basil. Created by cocktail expert Jason Asher of Barter & Shake, the sweet and savory Lemon Hills is fantastic for summer happy hour or enjoyed at a pool party.
Tip 3: If you’re using any pre-made ingredients, be sure to do your homework.
It’s essential to learn about companies’ farming practices and commitment to sustainability so you can be sure you’re making the right ingredient choices. A prime example is the Que Bueno—it features Q Tonic Water, a product that’s produced by ensuring the company’s highest standards and is verified non-GMO and certified kosher. Sip this genuinely lovely apricot tequila cocktail with good company and delicious food!
Bright and beautiful, the Path to Righteousness gets its gorgeous green hue from Chartreuse, the only liqueur in the world with a completely natural bright green color. This delightful celery cocktail masterfully blends Azuñia Blanco organic tequila with simple syrup, lemon juice, and organic celery juice to create a unique brunch table treat.
Tip 4: When you’re making drinks with wine or mixers, choose organic.
Fortunately, numerous organic options for wine and beer are readily available these days. The bonus to incorporating all-organic wine in tequila cocktails? You can potentially limit headaches and hangovers for your guests and customers. Sangria cocktail recipes may include white wine, rosé, champagne, beer, and our favorite spirit, tequila. Among our favorite Sangria with Tequila recipes is the Honeydew and Kiwi White Sangria Cocktail.
Save time without sacrificing taste or quality with organic mixers. Try our favorite USDA-certified organic cocktail mixers from Agalima for a no-fuss, delicious Bloody Maria, refreshing Tequila Mule, or a Pure Pineapple Margarita.
Tip 5: Make cocktails your own with local ingredients.
When you don’t have to travel far for the components of your drinks, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint by up to 7%. When made with local orange blossom honey, our Vera Blanco is a refreshing way to indulge sustainably. For a delectable organic drink that’s perfect for the fall, try the American Pie—make it with your own fresh apples or buy fresh apple juice or cider at the farmer’s market.
Tip 6: Shop local and seasonal.
You’ll find bountifully fresh ingredients at your local farmers’ markets. You can make a tasty Bloody Maria mix using seasonal ingredients like heirloom tomatoes, crisp celery, and peppers to your favorite spice level. Add Azuñia Blanco organic tequila for a fantastic Bloody Maria—a tequila twist on the Bloody Mary that’s a great complement to Sunday brunch. For a fun and natural touch, use veggies that you pickled last season for garnish.
For a tomato and tequila drink that’s drinkable all day long, try the Secret Garden. Make it organic by using fresh basil and cherry tomatoes right from your own garden. Lighter and sweeter than a Bloody Mary, this tasty cocktail is a fabulous compliment to brunch or any meal.
Azuñia’s award-winning tequilas are ideal as the base of any number of excellent organic craft cocktails. You can buy Azuñia at fine restaurants, bars, and retailers across the country.