American Harvest, New Organic Vodka: Try Florida-Inspired Cocktails (Recipe)

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In a market flooded with synthetic, sweet vodkas in flavors like Swedish fish, Fruit Loops, and yes, glazed doughnuts -- a pure, natural one is a breath of fresh air. Hence the appeal of American Harvest, a new organic spirit by the makers of Grey Goose.

The new vodka is popping up in bars, restaurants, and clubs all over Miami. There's enough fake crap accompanying Miami's nightlife as it is, so at least you can go au naturale with your vodka.

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Sidney Frank Importing Co. is the brand behind the new booze. It also created Grey Goose but sold it in 2004 and has been out of the vodka biz for awhile. The company focused instead on its other products, such as Jägermeister, but is now back in the game with American Harvest.

Tangy Harvest

2 parts American Harvest
½ part mint syrup*
The juice of two tangerines

Squeeze the tangerine juice into a mixing glass with ice. Add American Harvest and mint syrup. Shake and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a slice of tangerine.
*To make the mint syrup, combine equal parts water and organic white cane sugar in a blender. Add a large handful of fresh mint leaves (no stems) and blend on high speed for 10 seconds. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh strainer. Keeps for one week.

The Greatest of The Greyhounds

2 parts American Harvest
.5 parts simple syrup
3 parts fresh grapefruit juice
.5 parts Campari

Combine in a shaker with ice (except Campari.) Shake well and strain into a tall glass of fresh ice. Garnish with a half grapefruit wedge and a float of Campari.

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