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Todd Richman's Harvest Cooler

Posted by Josh Childs  August 12, 2013 07:04 AM

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Hear me out please, I'm going to talk about another vodka in a crowded field of options. Cocktail enthusiasts may be sipping a wide variety of spirits, but the reality is the category accounts for 26.6% of US spirit consumption which equates to 400 million liters annually. Somebody's drinking and enjoying it (including me).

Enter American Harvest, a premium spirit organically sourced from a family owned farm in Rigby, Idaho, with winter wheat (planted in September, harvested in July) and water from deep below the Snake river basin. Nothing is artificially added, USDA certified organic, the bottles are recycled, ink used for packaging biodegradable and water soluble. The distillery even gets a third of their electrical from local wind power.

Beside doing the right thing, the taste result? Silky mouthfeel with a slight sweetness from the wheat, a high quality, small batch distillation, crisp and clean. I contacted
Todd Richman the other day who happens to be the Corporate Mixologist for the Sidney Frank Importing Company (American Harvest, Jagermeister, Gekkeikan Sake, Michael Collins Irish Whiskey and more). Todd recently and deservingly received "Best American Brand Ambassador" award at Tales of the Cocktail- a huge honor. Moreover, the perfect person to suggest a delicious summer libation, ready for August- the Harvest Cooler. He says "I love using fresh ingredients, it's seasonal and really refreshing during the heat and the technique is pretty straightforward. I feel that with an exceptional product like American Harvest, less is more. Simple drinks with fresh ingredients allow American Harvest to "pop" in the cocktail."

Thumbnail image for Harvest Cooler copy 2.jpgHarvest Cooler


2 parts American Harvest
1 part freshly squeezed lime juice
½ part agave nectar
5 small cubes of fresh watermelon
Chilled Soda water

Combine all ingredients except soda water in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain over fresh ice in a tall cocktail glass and top with soda water, gently stir to incorporate the ingredients. Garnish with a watermelon slice and lime wedge.

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