Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Prairie Organic Vodka - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner – Prairie Organic Vodka – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits recently invited me to join them for an evening of cocktails and food pairing as they announced the launch of two new spirits to their portfolio; Prairie Organic Gin and Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka.

To be honest and open with you, my readers, I will let you know that Prairie Organic Spirits was a most gracious host and invited me to enjoy the evening festivities in St. Paul, MN, all expenses paid. I am sharing the experience with you through photos and my notes from the trip. All photos, tasting notes, thoughts and opinions shared here are my own.

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Heartland Kitchen - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner – Heartland Kitchen – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The cocktail and dinner event took place at Heartland Restaurant & Farm Direct Market with Executive Chef Lenny Russo preparing our dinner for the evening. Chef Russo is a 2010 – 2012 Best Chef Midwest Nominee by the James Beard Foundation. The nightly menu at Heartland is influenced by fresh ingredients delivered to the restaurant. The menu changes daily.

All of the Prairie Organic Spirits vodka and gin cocktails were paired with food courses prepared by Chef Russo. Chef Russo commented at the dinner that  usually cocktails are created to accompany food. In this case, Chef Russo created his food recipes to pair with the cocktails.

Prairie Organic Spirits Reception Drinks

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Bootlegger - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner – Bootlegger – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Bootlegger: Prairie Organic Vodka, Lime Cordial, Fresh Mint, Club Soda

Bootlegger was very sweet with overwhelming sour mix sweetness and acidic taste. Fresh mint flavor was a bit lost due to the sweet and acidic mixture. This seems to be a vodka take on a Mojito.

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Rubicon: Prairie Organic Gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Club Soda, Fresh Rosemary Garnish - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner – Rubicon: Prairie Organic Gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Club Soda, Fresh Rosemary Garnish – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Rubicon: Prairie Organic Gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Club Soda, Fresh Rosemary Garnish

Rubicon was perhaps my favorite drink of the entire evening. This is Heartland’s fresh take on the Last Word cocktail. The Rubicon is served over ice, has varying ratios in its ingredients rather than equal parts and is topped with club soda to lessen the straight spirited cocktail that is usually almost all liquor. This version is lighter in flavor. The longer the Rubicon sits with itself the more Luxardo and Chartreuse flavors come to the forefront. It is fresh, nice and summery. Rosemary garnish is an excellent touch for aroma and eye appeal.

Prairie Organic Spirits Dinner Drinks

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Aromatherapy - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner – Aromatherapy – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Aromatherapy: Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka, Rosewater, Lime Juice, Agave Nectar, Bitters, Ginger, Tonic, Lemon Knot Garnish

Aromatherapy is appropriately named. The aroma is immediate rosewater and cucumber. It is spring water fresh. The taste is a hint of bitter, perhaps the tonic, and fresh. There is light sweetness like the flavor softness associated with succulent garden fresh cucumber.

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Rhubarb Fizz - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner – Rhubarb Fizz – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Rhubarb Fizz: Prairie Organic Gin, Rhubarb Jam, Lemon Juice, Soda Water, Orange Twist

Rhubarb Fizz color is quite nice after stirring. The jam does not integrate well into the drink, so it continues to settle as it sits. There is not much flavor in this drink. It is mostly gin and acidic flavors. Barely any rhubarb comes through.

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Happy Apple - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner – Happy Apple – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Happy Apple: Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka, Aperol, Honey Syrup, Lemon Juice Apple, Soda Water, Apple Slices

Happy Apple carries the cucumber aroma well. It is prevalent. There is a slight bitter edge in the taste; perhaps from the Aperol. Cucumber flavor comes through nicely. I could pick up the tiniest hint of honey, but there was virtually no sweetness to the drink at all.

Prairie Organic Spirits Dessert Cocktail

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Nutty Russian - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner – Nutty Russian – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Nutty Russian: Prairie Organic Vodka, Nocino, Kahlua, Cinnamon Whipped Cream, Soda Water

Nutty Russian was perhaps the most perplexing and disappointing cocktail of the evening. I love a good espresso cocktail. The description sounded promising until…soda water? Nutty Russian was the only drink served in a true cocktail glass.  In my opinion the execution of this cocktail was ill conceived. I am not sure if it would have been better to serve it with a spoon or a straw. The Nutty Russian was presented with dark liquid base topped with one inch cinnamon whipped cream piped over the top of the cocktail.

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Nutty Russian - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner – Nutty Russian – photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The cinnamon whipped cream was truly delicious. However it was nearly impossible to sip the cocktail through the whipped cream. The cream floated rather than integrated with the drink. Trying to sip the cocktail beneath left one with cinnamon whipped cream mustache on and beneath the nose. I was grateful to have accepted the offer of black coffee with dessert as well. I had a spoon!

I spooned a taste of the cocktail liquid with the cinnamon cream. The liquid was much too abrasive and bitter. I did what any mad scientist would do. Experiment! The Nutty Russian ended up in completely in my coffee. When in doubt, improvise.

The slideshow below contains a few photos I was able to take while at the Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner event. There are more photos on the Prairie Vodka Facebook page taken by their team of photographers as well. Enjoy!

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Bootlegger - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Bootlegger - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Happy Apple - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Happy Apple - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Heartland Kitchen - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Heartland Kitchen - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Nutty Russian - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Nutty Russian - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Nutty Russian - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Nutty Russian - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Rhubarb Fizz - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Rhubarb Fizz - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Rubicon: Prairie Organic Gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Club Soda, Fresh Rosemary Garnish - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Rubicon: Prairie Organic Gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Club Soda, Fresh Rosemary Garnish - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Candlelight - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Candlelight - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Dinner Guests - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Dinner Guests - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Executive Chef Lenny Russo - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Executive Chef Lenny Russo - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Happy Apple - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Happy Apple - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Happy Apple - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Happy Apple - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - MC Host Keri Noble - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - MC Host Keri Noble - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Menu - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Menu - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Musician - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Musician - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Nutty Russian - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Nutty Russian - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Prairie Organic Vodka - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Prairie Organic Vodka - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Prairie Organic Vodka - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Prairie Organic Vodka - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Rhubarb Fizz - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Rubicon: Prairie Organic Gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Club Soda, Fresh Rosemary Garnish - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Rubicon: Prairie Organic Gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Club Soda, Fresh Rosemary Garnish - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Rubicon: Prairie Organic Gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Club Soda, Fresh Rosemary Garnish - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Rubicon: Prairie Organic Gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Club Soda, Fresh Rosemary Garnish - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Rubicon: Prairie Organic Gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Club Soda, Fresh Rosemary Garnish - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Rubicon: Prairie Organic Gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Club Soda, Fresh Rosemary Garnish - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Table 1 - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Table 1 - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Table - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Table - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Table - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Table - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Table - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Table - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Table Decor - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Table Decor - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Whitefish with cucumber, oyster mushrooms, ginger infused freshwater fish fumet - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Whitefish with cucumber, oyster mushrooms, ginger infused freshwater fish fumet - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Aromatherapy - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist
Prairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Bootlegger - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Happy Apple - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Heartland Kitchen - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Nutty Russian - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Nutty Russian - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Rhubarb Fizz - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Rubicon: Prairie Organic Gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Club Soda, Fresh Rosemary Garnish - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Candlelight - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Dinner Guests - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Executive Chef Lenny Russo - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Happy Apple - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Happy Apple - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - MC Host Keri Noble - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Menu - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Musician - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Nutty Russian - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Prairie Organic Vodka - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Prairie Organic Vodka - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Rhubarb Fizz - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Rubicon: Prairie Organic Gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Club Soda, Fresh Rosemary Garnish - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Rubicon: Prairie Organic Gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Club Soda, Fresh Rosemary Garnish - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Rubicon: Prairie Organic Gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Lemon Juice, Club Soda, Fresh Rosemary Garnish - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Table 1 - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Table - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Table - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Table - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Table Decor - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Whitefish with cucumber, oyster mushrooms, ginger infused freshwater fish fumet - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The IntoxicologistPrairie Organic Spirits Prairie Made Dinner - Aromatherapy - photo by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

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  • adultbeverages

    Great write up and photos. I had never heard of this brand before. But I have had cucumber vodka (Effen brand) and its very refreshing mixed with club soda.