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1000 Artists, 40 Countries, One World

Organic Nation has been contacted and asked to be a sponsor at Common Ground 2010's newest environmentally supportive venture. The International Touring Exhibition comes to North America July 8 – August 13, 2010 at the A & I Gallery in Los Angeles.
Over 1,000 artists from 40 countries submitted their digital art for consideration. The resulting curated collection contains work from 85 artists. A portion of all proceeds generated from the touring exhibition will benefit non-profit organizations including the World Wildlife Fund, Global Giving and The Global Environmental Institute. You are invited to attend the opening reception to launch the North American tour of this exhibition on July 8th, at the A & I Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Amazing Art, Live and DJ music, organic refreshments and libations. Come celebrate our common heritage: A healthy planet Earth.

For more information visit their site, here.
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Celebrate World Cocktail Day with a whole lot of shakin'

In celebration of World Cocktail Day, I asked my friend and awesome mixologist, Columbine Quillen for one of her favorite Gin cocktails to mark the day.
Gin Slide
1 oz Organic Nation Gin
1 oz Courvoisier
1/2 oz Triple Sec
2 oz Lime Sour (see below)
1/2 oz Fresh Orange Juice
2 dashes Angostura Orange Bitters
Place ingredients in a shaker and shake extra, extra hard. For those of you who like a frothier cocktail, add a little egg white.
Lime Sour
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup warm tap water
1/2 cup organic granulated sugar
2 tbs fresh orange juice
Stir all the ingredients together until sugar has dissolved.
Cheers and Happy World Cocktail Day!
Melodie
To read more about work cocktail day, visit our Facebook page.
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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo- Tequila Free

While some will frown upon the idea of not including tequila in every cocktail on this international celebration of Mexican independence, some of us just don't 'do' the agave based spirit. This year, try a cocktail that celebrates the traditional south of the border flavors sans the tequila.
To celebrate the victorious Battle of Puebla, toast this cocktail.
1862
1 ½ oz Organic Nation Gin
½ oz Lime Juice
1 oz Coconut Cream (sweetened)
- If you are using coconut milk, add 1 oz of heavy cream and ½ oz of Agave syrup.
Put ingredients in a pint, filled with ice, shake, pour into a Hurricane or Collins glass.
Garnish with lime twist.
If you are feeling like getting your hands dirty and want to wow your guests try this alternate version of the 1862
Whole coconut- chilled
Drill 2 holes in the top – with a power drill!
Add 2 oz of Organic Nation Gin – you will need a funnel, a flask funnel works well.
1 oz heavy cream
½ oz of Agave Syrup
½ oz of lime juice
Plug the holes with your fingers and shake rigorously
Stick a straw in, sip and enjoy!
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Melodie
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Yet another go at the always unforgettable 'A Taste of Ashland'

Get your tickets now for A Taste of Ashland 2010, April 24th, and 25th from 12 noon to 4:00p.m. The Taste takes place throughout Ashland and features a walking tour to 17 galleries paired with 17 wineries, one Distillery (us!) and 17 restaurants. www.atasteofashland.com
Come visit Organic Nation Spirits at the Ashland Springs Hotel Saturday and Sunday, and don't miss the kick off party tonight at the Ashland Arts Center 7-9pm! We will be serving organic vodka fudge concocted by the infamous, Chef Mare!
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Dan Pallotta author of "Uncharitable" to keynote ReVisioning Value Conference

ReVV 2010 to showcase Leaders on Impact Investing and Social Innovation April 26-27 2010
PORTLAND, OR - “Want to make a million selling violent video games to kids? Go for it. Want to make a million helping cure kids of cancer? You’re labeled a parasite. We allow people to make huge profits doing any number of things that will hurt the poor, but we want to crucify anyone who wants to make money helping them.” asserts Dan Pallotta, nonprofit leader, business owner and author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential.

Mr. Pallotta will be featured as Keynote Speaker at Springboard Innovation’s April 26th conference ReVisioning Value 2010 (ReVV 2010): A Conference at the intersection of Purpose and Profit in Portland, Oregon. The conference, to be held at Portland’s Gerding Theater at the Armory in the Pearl District, brings together leaders from the varied fields of impact investing and social innovation to share how new models for both are increasing the flow of capital to the creation of a more just and sustainable world. The one-day conference is followed by a day of hands-on workshops and strategic action roundtables designed to help participants apply the ideas offered at the conference to their own organizations as well as create real tools and strategies.

Mr. Pallotta will be joined by other esteemed global speakers and panelists that include: Tamzin Ractliffe, Founder of the South Africa Social Innovation Exchange (SASIX) and Leader of GSIX Global Social Innovation Exchange; Alex Counts, President and CEO of Grameen Foundation; and Don Shaffer, President and CEO of RSF Social Finance. For a complete list of speakers, please visit the ReVisioning Value Website at http://www.revisioningvalue.org/speakers/.
Dan Pallotta is a leading expert on innovation in the nonprofit sector and a pioneering social entrepreneur. He is the founder of Pallotta TeamWorks, the company that invented the multi-day AIDSRides. TeamWorks has fundamentally changed the paradigm for civic engagement in and fundraising for important social causes. It brought the practice of four-figure philanthropy within the reach of average citizens who had never raised money for charity before in their lives. The concepts and methods of TeamWorks are employed today by dozens of charities on a variety of events throughout the world.

Mr. Pallotta’s book, Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, from Tufts University Press, is a number one bestseller in the charity category on Amazon. It was nominated for the McAdam Book Award, and has been reviewed and acclaimed by the New York Times, The Economist, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, among others. Mr. Pallotta is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review online where he writes about transforming the nonprofit paradigm.

Join the conversation and be a part of the solution on Monday, April 26th, 2010 from 8:30am-7:00pm at Portland’s Gerding Theater at the Armory in the Pearl District. Discuss the latest trends, learn from change agents on the front lines of successful social programs and collaborate on building organizational and funding structures that are paving the way for a more sustainable future. Very Early Bird Registration until February 1st, 2010. Register online at www.revisioningvalue.org or call 503.226.2377. Special discounted rates for non-profits, community partners and students to attend.
About Springboard Innovation:
Springboard Innovation enables ordinary community members to launch innovative and sustainable solutions to our most pressing challenges. We help individuals launch social enterprises through idea generation for grassroots social change; we educate them to build venture capacity; and we assist them with resources, tools, networking, and funding support, all within a comprehensive model for engaging citizens in grassroots change. www.springboardinnovation.org
Contact: Ericka Dickey | info@revisioningvalue.org | 503.226.2377
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Honor our Mother's Earthy Girl

Earth Day is always a great reason to raise a glass and toast to what Mother Nature has given us. So, make your toast strong and supportive then invite your friends to pedal over to your place for a nurturing round.
Earthy Girl
1 1/2 oz Organic Nation Organic Vodka
1/2 oz Benedictine
1/2 oz Earth's Love Liqueur
1/2 oz Lime Juice
5 fresh mint leaves, slapped and torn
Add all ingredients in a pint, shake with ice.
Serve in a Cocktail glass
Cucumber slice for garnish
Earth's Love Liqueur
1 cucumber diced into small pieces
1/2 oz minced fresh ginger
1/4 cup of organic honey
4 oz of Organic Nation vodka
Let mixture stand, ideally for 24 hours
Cheers!
Melodie
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Freedman Launching Summer Collection at American Rag Cie

Sponsors Organic Nation Spirits and Hansen’s Beverages provide signature all-natural cocktails
LOS ANGELES, CA (April 24, 2010) – Premier contemporary menswear line, FREEDMAN, is set to launch its Summer ready-to-wear collection at American Rag Cie, the fashionable and hip boutique that’s been a mainstay of California culture since 1984. The event will be taking place in their renowned “World Denim Bar” on Saturday, April 24th from 3:00 – 8:00 PM.
FREEDMAN’s launch will coincide with an art installation that will be brought to life by the co-op of artists whom have all drawn inspiration from FREEDMAN’s distinctive sunburst logo, seen above. Each artist is adapting the sunburst to their own unique medium, the product of which will be on exhibition in American Rag’s front window. A silent auction to benefit The Art of Elysium will also be taking place during the event.
Legendary guitarist Marc Ford (formally of the Black Crowes) will be performing a rare, live acoustic set with his new band, to begin around 6:00 PM.
Organic Nation Spirits along with Hansen’s Natural Beverages will be pouring delicious cocktails for our guests. We will have an old-fashioned hot dog cart on hand serving up the perfect, all-American snack.
ABOUT FREEDMAN
Before starting his high-end menswear line, California based designer Randy Freedman worked as Ben Harper’s guitar technician for nearly a decade. Randy began crafting custom ‘one of a kind’ made to measure button downs for musicians and other influential people in the entertainment industry. It was Randy’s intense and unflinching quest to bring back the ultimate in tailoring; to answer the desperate need for clothing that possessed the “perfect fit,” which prompted him to start his own namesake collection, FREEDMAN. Positive feedback inspired the conscious expansion into a comprehensive, ready-to-wear men’s shirt and jacket line.
The line’s design premise consists of careful tailoring, the finest fabrics, and unique accenting elements, which serve as rich, cohesive ‘storytelling’ touches. FREEDMAN embodies the truest of Americana; a renewed taste for construction, style, and pride in bringing things to life with the utmost care. http://freedmanclothing.com/
ABOUT ORGANIC NATION
From the green state of Oregon comes the newest entry to the world of fine spirits, ORGANIC NATION. Located in the tiny mountain town of Ashland – home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Dagoba Chocolate – the mom-and-pop micro-distillery is making a big name as the state’s first producer of certified organic spirits. ORGANIC NATION vodka and gin each brought home silver medals from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Its gin earned an 87-point, highly-recommended rating from the Beverage Tasting Institute and won a second silver medal in San Francisco for its 100-percent biodegradable packaging. The chic ecologist Paul Abercrombie recently featured ORGANIC NATION spirits in his new book Organic, Shaken and Stirred. Fed by a pristine wilderness watershed and handcrafted by former watermaster David Eliasen, ORGANIC NATION vodka and gin are distilled from certified organic rye, wheat, and corn and filtered seven times to create some of the purest new spirits on the top shelf. ORGANIC NATION is certified organic by Oregon Tilth, kosher by Earth Kosher, and can currently be found at finer restaurants and bars throughout Oregon and California including Elixir, Palio D’Asti in San Francisco, Cafe Rouge and Gather in Berkeley, A.W. Shuck’s in Monterey, Peerless and Tease in Ashland, 38 Central and Elements in Medford, Lucky Noodle in Eugene, Downward Dog in Corvallis, Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge in Gold Beach, Jacksonville Inn and Nunan Estate in Jacksonville, 900 Wall and Joolz in Bend, Clyde Common, Teardrop Lounge and Urban Farmer in Portland.
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It's the Disguise

Friday, April 2 was the day it all came together, with numerous cocktail submissions from Southern Oregon Bartenders for the first annual Organic Nations' Sip Local Cocktail Competition honoring the 75th anniversary of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The judging positions highlighted local restaurant owners such as 38 on Central, Dragonfly, Omars, and other local personalities. And winning became a highly challenging and sought after award. The well rounded group of judges with commendable culinary experience landed on two winning cocktails, Viola's Disguise (crafted by Cate Gibbs, of The Winchester Inn) and Out Damn Spot (by Chris Wells of Tease Restaurant). These unique cocktails offered the bottom line, excellent flavor composition. To read more go here.
Thanks to Sarah Lemon of the Medford Mail Tribune for judging and blogging about her experience.
Above are the winning Mixologist from the competition including Chris Dennett of Elements and Ursula & Ted Raymond of The Black Sheep.
Cheers!
Melodie
Stay tuned for recipes!
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Weekend Cocktail: The Abbey

The Abbey
2 oz Organic Nation Gin
1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
2 oz Fresh Pressed Orange Juice
Shake with ice, Serve up in a cocktail glass
Dash of Bitters (Angostura, if you can find some!)
The Abbey is an age old Classic cocktail, so with the use of super fresh ingredients, a botanical forward Gin, it becomes a great way to rejuvinate the origin of flavors. I would highly suggest this cocktail to a colleague who claims 'I don't like Gin', I do believe most will be in for a pleasant surprise!
Cheers!
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Cocktail Competition Comes to a Close

Diane Paulson, CEO and Founder of Organic Nation Spirits, hosted the first annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival cocktail competition. Mixologists and Judges from the Southern Oregon area came together over a passion for good cocktails and OSF.
Shown above: Judges study the composure and taste of the cocktails, while vigorously taking notes.
Full Press Release to follow
Melodie
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Above and Beyond

The Elegant Swanky atmosphere of the Gilt, featuring their talented Chefs and Mixologists will be hosting:
The Gilt Club and Organic Nation Spirits Cocktail Pairing Dinner
306 NW Broadway
Portland Oregon
503.222.4458 for Reservations
April 15, 2010
(tax day)
5 Course Cocktail Dinner
$75 per person
1st Course -Choice of
Gin Cured Salmon with dill, mustard dressing,
English cucumbers, and toasted caraway
Paired with a (1040ez Form)
.............3/4oz Organic Nation Gin
.............1/2oz aquavit
.............1 tsp lemon
.............1/2oz vya dry vermouth
or
Goose breast prosciutto wrapped asparagus,
with salt cured egg yolk, and a anise dressing
Paired with a (W-2)
.............3/4oz Organic Nation Gin
.............1/2oz vya sweet vermouth
.............1/2tsp herbsaint
or
Foie gras terrine flavored with juniper raisins and pistachio brittle - $10 Supplement
Paired with a (Income tax)
.............1 1/2oz Organic Nation Gin
.............3/4oz vya dry vermouth
.............3/4oz vya sweet vermouth
.............1/4oz Oj
.............Dash of Bitters
2nd Course -Choice of
Ruby grapefruit, shaved fennel, pea shoots,
basil with champagne-herb vinaigrette
Paired with a (Negroni)
.............1/2oz Organic Nation Gin
.............1/2oz vya sweet vermouth
.............1/2oz Cynar
or
Fava bean “cappuccino” with an
olive crumble rim, and a bacon crisp
Paired with a (7th heaven)
.............3/4oz Organic Nation Gin
.............1/2 grapefruit
.............Tsp maraschino
.............Mint sprig
3rd Course -Choice of
Juniper rubbed elk - pickled chanterelles,
cipolinni onions, and mizuna
Paired with a (Rosmarys baby)
.............1oz Organic Nation Gin
.............1/2 grapefruit
.............Sprig rosemary
or
Scallop ceviche with habanero, avocado,
citrus marinade and chives
Paired with a (Ceviche Cocktail)
.............3/4oz Organic Nation Vodka
.............Tsp Carpano Antica Vermouth
.............Tsp Torani Amer
4th Course
Organic Nation Vodka martini Sorbet with
black olive caviar
5th Course -Choice of
Lamb loin with salsa verde, preserved lemons,
potato puree, and lamb jus
Paired with a (Communist)
.............1/2oz Organic Nation Gin
.............1/2oz OJ
.............1/4oz Cherry Herring
.............1 tsp lemon
or
Black olive roasted monkfish, sea beans, mustard
greens, creamed leeks, and esplette pepper
Paired with a (Thelonius)
.............3/4oz Organic Nation Vodka
.............Tsp vya dry
.............Tsp benadictine
Reservations Required.
See you there!
Melodie
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Get your green on this week

St Pattys Day usually calls for all types of green dye, goofy tall hats and face paint. While I wouldn't stop anyone from indulging in such amusement, I will lend a drink recipe that will get you more green, in more than one way.
First off, celebrate with Green ingredients! Use Chartreuse, which is already green and doesn't require dye, as well as local Organic and Sustainable ingredients to keep your foot print light (so you can save the heavy step for dancing) and thirdly drink tasty cocktails, instead of cheap beer drenched with food coloring.
Here is a recipe for you to take to your St Pattys day celebration:
The Irishmans Hat
1/2 oz Organic Nation Gin
1/2 oz Chartreuse
1/2 oz Brandy Liqueur
1/2 oz Lime Juice
Shake the above ingredients and serve in one of two ways:
Strain into a cocktail glass and serve.
Strain into a Large Flute and top with Champagne, this will surely impress the lassies at the party.
Garnish with a lime twist or lime wheel with a 4 leaf clover!
Cheers!
Melodie
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Night out at The Heathman

The Heathman poured out a fabulous evening of libations, highlighting the craftmanship of artisan spirits and well designed cocktails. The Heathman's highly acclaimed chef also presented a pairing appetizer to highlight each of the spirits; which included an Organic Nation Vodka Oyster Shooter, and a Pork Medallion marinated in Gin. Both were delightful.
The crowd was pleased with the variety of cocktails and the organic buzz was felt all through the Marble bar.
Organic Grapetion
Organic Nation Vodka
Fresh Squeezed Lemon
Simple Syrup
Muddled Grapes
Fresh Tarragon
Cheers!
Melodie
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On any given Sunday

Spints Alehouse hosted the 2nd Official Oregon Bartenders Guild Sunday Funday Event, and it was nothing short of just that. Jacob Grier and Chris Churilla led the way, mixing all sorts of soon to be named cocktails, to wow savvy mixologists from all over Portland. The talk of the night was a Ramos Gin Fizz. I believe the conversation started as, "Hey Jake, Make me a flip of some sort", as I kindly said, "how about a fizz, I really don't need a yolk." Hence the start of the shake off! Chris and Jacob, filled shakers and started timers; producing some of the most perfect and well thickened takes on a Ramos Gin Fizz ever. Many of the attending enthusiasts were buzzed into realizing that the combination of a good cocktail and Organic Nation Gin, yielded a new found love.
Cheers to the art of the Cocktail!
Melodie
Ramos Gin Fizz
1 1/2 oz. gin
1 Tbsp. simple syrup (or agave)
1/2 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 egg white
1 oz. heavy cream
3 drops orange flower water
1 oz. club soda
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Drink 'Green'

Join Organic Nation Spirits, along with a abundance of other 'green minded' businesses in Central Oregon Feb 25 at 5pm at the Sage Spa at the Sunriver Resort.
'Green Drinks' is the only networking event in Central Oregon dedicated to businesses and the environment. Join us at Green Drinks to network, learn about other businesses and their sustainability efforts, and have a green drink or two. On February 25, Green Drinks will be at Sage Springs Club & Spa, at Sunriver Resort from 5-7pm. Cocktails will be made using Organic Nation Spirits, an Oregon Sustainable company producing Gin and Vodka.
These events are put on and coordinated by the environmental center.
See you there!
Melodie
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Weekend Cocktail: The World's Gold

The Worlds Gold
2 oz Organic Nation Gin (US)
1/2 oz Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth (France)
1/2 oz Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth (Italy)
2 Dashes The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters (Germany)
Tsp Duplais Absinthe Verte (Switzerland)
Tsp Tangle Ridge Whisky (Canada)
Tsp Blue Agave Nectar (Mexico)
Shake and Strain into a Cocktail glass
Finish with and Orange Twist
Place a piece of Candied Ginger on the side (China)
to be enjoyed with the drink.
Thanks to Jason Littrell for inspiration!
In Celebration of the Olympics wrapping up this week, toast this one to bring on the weekend and indulge your self in momentous re-runs of glorious moments.
Cheers
Melodie
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Get your spirits up at the Heathman

The Heathman restaurant presents Organic Nation Spirits Cocktail Event.
PORTLAND, Oregon – (February 22, 2010) – Join Ashland-based Organic Nation for an afternoon of mixing Organic Nation Vodka and Gin cocktails with food specials prepared by the Heathman’s chef Karl Zenk. Dishes include oyster shooters made with Organic Nation Vodka and Gin Pig N’ Bits, a pork tenderloin medallion sautéed in a gin demi glace. The Heathman’s new Bistro Menu will also be available with new items from Pickleopolis Pickle Platter to Snails & Frogs. For more information, please call the Heathman at 503-790-7752.
Enjoy these tasty cocktails
March 2, 4 p.m.
Gatehouse
Organic Nation Vodka
Dolin Blanc
Blood Orange Bitters
Organic Grapetion
Organic Nation Vodka
Fresh Squeezed Lemon
Simple Syrup
Muddled Grapes
Fresh Tarragon
Peychauds Bitters
Negroni O-N
Organic Nation Gin
Dolin Rouge
Campari
CGP
Organic Nation Gin
Fresh Grapefruit
Campari
Pomegranate Puree
Gin Berry Tart
Organic Nation Vodka
Organic Nation Gin
Fresh Muddled Strawberry
Lemon Juice
Cranberry Juice
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Pronghorn pairs it up

For more details or to book your seat, contact Concierge@pronghornclub.com or call 541-693-5300
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Chocoholics dream

The three day Oregon Chocolate Festival kicks off March 5th, in downtown Ashland at the Historic Ashland Springs Hotel, featuring the best chocolates from Oregon. Indulge yourself in decadence most only dream of. Brewers, Wineries, Distilleries and Coffee roasters will include and/or pair their crafts to the traditional chocolatiers delights.
Organic Nation will be featuring a delectable Pear Chocolate Sauce and serving samples throughout the event.
11-4pm March 5th,6th and 7th.
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Weekend Cocktail: Amalfie Spritzer

Amalfie Spritzer
½ oz Finamore Lemoncello
1 oz Organic Nation Vodka
½ oz Amaro
½ oz Lemon
Stir
Top with soda
¼ oz Port
Served in a Rocks Glass with or without ice
Lemon Wheel Garnish Optional
While summer tastes sometimes make us yearn for warmer months, the full flavored body of this cocktail keeps one feeling light and appreciative of these cooler months.
For a more summery cocktail, add Mint!
Toast this lovely cocktail as you celebrate the weekend!
Melodie
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Omars brings in the Distiller

Join Organic Nation at this fantastic upcoming event. For more information contact our distillery or Omars Restaurant (541) 482-1281 or goto their website!
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Weekend Cocktail: Lovers Union Too

In celebration of hearts alike, shake up this cocktail for your lover to start the night off right.
Lovers Union Too
1 oz Organic Nation Vodka
¼ oz Rosewater
¼ oz Simple Syrup
½ oz Lemon
½ oz Maraschino Liqueur
Shake and Strain into a cocktail glass
Sink ¼ oz of Cherry Liqueur (I recommend Clear Creek Distillery)
Top with a Dry Bubbly Wine
Float a Single Rose petal
I have long used this recipe to celebrate unions; I used it as a gift at a wedding, toasted it at a celebration to acknowledge earned rights with BRO and of course to initiate any fabulous night.
Drink up and of course enjoy a fabulous Valentines!
Melodie
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600 new love affairs

Diane Paulson led the way in an ever so successful week at the Go Green Expo, L.A. Diane and Organic Nation Spirits Broker, Jack Maydon, poured well over 600 samples to an appreciative crowd, who expressed a passionate desire for the Vodka and Gin. Diane went on to do a radio show with Rhonda DeFelice on L.A. Talk Radio pontificating for an hour on the benefits of being Green and responsibly operating a Sustainable business, as well as facts about our distillery. It was Johnny Dam, of L.A. Talk Radio's: The Damage Report, who summed it up perfectly 'It (organic nation gin) dances on your tongue!" and then proceeded to do a little jig!
For more, visit our news page and of course, Think Green, Go Green!
Melodie
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Weekend Cocktail: Asian Invasion

Asian Invasion
2oz Organic Nation Vodka
1 oz Lemon Grass LOFT Liquer
Shake the above – Serve up
1 Lychee nut – For Garnish
Topped with Spicy Ginger Ale
I can't get enough of this cocktail, its clean, simple and has unusual notes added from the typical aromas of sweet Asian delights!
Drink up and have a wonderful Friday!
Melodie
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Weekend Cocktail: Winter Blossom

Winter Blossom
½ oz Elderflower Liqueur
1 oz Organic Nation Vodka
¼ oz Fresh Lemon
Top with Champagne
Garnish with a Twist
As the days begin to lengthen, our palettes start to yearn for spring and summer flavors. Mix this cocktail up to welcome a rich meal or to toast a celebration.
Cheers!
Melodie
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Weekend Cocktail: Income Tax

The W-2's are pouring in, and while this cocktail was designed to mix up post completion, it might not hurt to pour your self one to get you going.
Income Tax
1 ¼ ounce Organic Nation Gin
¾ ounce Fresh Orange Juice
¼ ounce Dry Vermouth
¼ ounce Sweet Vermouth
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Shake and serve up in a cocktail glass.
That dreaded yearly task is done and you finally know how much money you are either getting back or handing over. That's right, you have completed your income taxes! So whether you are on top of it and filed 3 months early, or one at the post office on April 15th, or an accountant who has made it through one more tax season, sit back and enjoy this classic cocktail to celebrate your accomplishment.
Toast this one to celebrate and reward your hard work.
Cheers and best of luck!
Melodie
Recipe courtesy of Drinkboy.com
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Defining Organic

Thanks to Adam Markle, www.adammarklephotography.com.
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Weekend Cocktail: Vesper

Vesper
3 oz Organic Nation Gin
1 oz Organic Nation Vodka
1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
Garnish: Orange twist or Bond's way, a lemon twist
Stir with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Bond prefers his shaken till really cold.
Source: As first mentioned in James Bond Casino Royale, created by Ian Fleming
A Brief History:
This classic drink was popularized in the novel Casino Royale (1953). Of the teleplay and two films based on this book, the signature cocktail is mentioned twice between the three - in the 2006 Casino Royale film: when Bond orders it at the poker table (and several others follow suit), and when Bond states that he named the drink the Vesper, because once he tasted it, it was all he wanted to drink. The cocktail is also mentioned by its ingredients in Quantum of Solace, and Bond refers to it by name later in the film.
Because Kina Lillet has not been available since the 1960s (the name was changed to "Lillet Blanc", in the 1980s the quantity of quinine in the product was reduced, removing its bitter aftertaste), its mention in the recipe in the two movies mentioned above is anachronistic.
Ironically, Vesper means 'evening' in Classical Latin.
Thanks Wikipedia,
Melodie
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Its Expo Time

Go Green Expo ( www.GoGreenExpo.com ) is one of the nation's leading eco-trade shows for both business owners and consumers featuring the latest earth-friendly products and services. Taste, sample, review and purchase everything; organic food, wine and spirits, eco-building and home needs (solar panels) baby products, eco-fashion clothing, hybrid cars, business supplies and much more from hundreds of exhibits.
Learn on how to reduce your environmental impact and lead a "greener" home and business life. Speakers have included Ed Begley Jr., Mariel Hemingway, Josh Dorfman, David Bach, Nigel Barker, Graham Hill, Boise Thomas, Eric Corey Freed, Mark Alan Hughes, Kevin Wall, Alex Matthiessen, Laura Turner Seydel and many others...
Find Organic Nation Spirits in the Food, Wine and Spirits Pavilion on Friday - Sunday January 22-24, 2010 from 12-3pm.
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Hot Holiday at Cloud 9

Cloud 9 will be hosting a Hot Sweater Holiday Party tonight in Corvallis. Second to the viewable wears, will be Organic Nation Cocktails, crafted by Mixologist Chris Churilla.
The Matterhorn
Organic Nation Vodka, house mint bitters, vanilla, hot cocoa, whipped cream
Arabian Night
Organic Nation Vodka, house triple sec, Middle Eastern spices, coffee, whipped cream
Royal Chalice
Organic Nation Gin, sloe gin, grapefruit and green tea chai syrup, amaretto, hot water
The Golden Partridge
Clear Creek Pear Brandy, hot apple cider, caramel, lemon
Event Starts at 9pm. Cloud 9 is located on 1st street in Downtown Corvallis. For more information go here.
See you tonight!
Melodie
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Make the world your Organic Home

'To start a revolution we have to believe. The Organic Home believes that to achieve one's own aims and goals, a purity of intention, focused and applied gentle effort and clearly defined goals are the 3 components to achievement. What we put into our bodies, and what we put onto our bodies, and what we use around us in our homes all have an effect on our lives, health and well-being, and ultimately an effect on all those around us, and indeed the entire world.' To read the rest of this article, go here. Founder Mark Golding has been advocating a commitment to a Sustainable, Organic lifestyle. His hub, The Organic Home, in the UK has generated a peaceful attraction to those who share similar ideals and wish to do their part. You can read their recommendation of Organic Nation Spirits, here.
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Trebol gets the Organic Cocktails on the Table

Trebol Restaurant and Bar, will be featuring an evening of Organic Nation Cocktails Dec 17th from 7-10pm. Tony, Trebol's Mixologist, has handcrafted a list of fine cocktails to show off Trebol's passion for Sustainable, Organic and Local.
Ciudad Cobarde
Organic Nation Vodka, Raspberry, Mint, Citrus and Soda
Jengibre
Organic Nation Gin, Ginger, Lemon and Sparkling wine
La Maura Monti
Organic Nation Gin, Apple, Orange, Agave, Cinnamon
El Rocoso Caliente
Organic Nation Vodka, Serrano Chillies, Mint, Citrus, Prickly Pear
El Santo
Organic Nation Vodka, Coconut, Serrano Chillies, Citrus
Trebol features Happy Hour from 5-6:30 and 9-Close.
You can find them at:
4835 North Albina Avenue
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 517-9347
See you there!
Melodie
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Get your seat, before they are gone!

The folks at White Water Warehouse are reporting that they have signed up several guests for the August 29 - 31, 2010 Rogue River rafting, kayaking & ONS Martini Madness trip. There is limited space so call Joy or Renee (the friendly office staff at outfitter White Water Warehouse) today at 1-800-214-0579. Or, check out the 2010 schedule on-line, here.
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