Koskenkorva Vodka: The World’s Most Sustainable Vodka

Koskenkorva Vodka: The World’s Most Sustainable Vodka

As Earth Month comes to an end, we hope you will continue to support the brands that are helping to make our planet and better one. We had the pleasure of getting better acquainted with Koskenkorva Vodka during a virtual Masterclass moderated by’s Beverage & Event Expert, Paul Zahn, with Koskenkorva Vodka Global Brand Ambassador Mikael Karttunen. The very smooth vodka made from very special barley grown by a dedicated group of local farmers and pure water. It’s also the vodka made in one of the world’s most sustainable distilleries in Finland. This makes Koskenkorva Vodka, the world’s most sustainable vodka.

Koskenkorva Vodka: The World’s Most Sustainable Vodka

The award-winning vodka uses custom barley varieties that have been developed for the short growing season of Finland. Most of Koskenkorva’s barley is sourced locally within 200km of the Koskenkorva village, where sustainability is a way of life and goes through a state-of-the-art distillation process. It’s made with pure 100% unfiltered and unprocessed pure spring water (we know Finland is known for its exceptional spring water). The vodka brand owns its bioenergy plant at Koskenkorva village; it is specially designed to use the barley husks that are leftover from the distillation, as fuel for steam generation. The ashes are used in the nearby barley fields as a fertilizer. Hence why their mantra is “Vodka from a village”.

Koskenkorva Vodka: The World’s Most Sustainable VodkaKoskenkorva Vodka: The World’s Most Sustainable Vodka

During the master class, we learned how to create a delicious cocktail, whose recipe we’ve shared with you below. See our not-so-smooth attempt at creating this cocktail. As previously stated, the virtual event was moderated by Koskenkorva Vodka Global Brand Ambassador Mikael Karttunen. Mikael’s worn many hats. He’s been the Editor-in-chief of The Shaker Magazine, Finland’s oldest and biggest bartending magazine in Finland; a bartender for 23 yrs, awarded twice at the Finnish National Bartending Championships; co-authored the book Kotimainen Cocktail, and so much more.

The Sparkling Green Lemonade

Koskenkorva Vodka: The World’s Most Sustainable Vodka

1.5 oz Koskenkorva Vodka
2 oz Organic unsweetened green tea
3 oz Sparkling lemonade
.5 oz Lemon juice (optional)
5-6 Mint leaves (optional)
Build vodka, tea, lemon juice, and mint in an iced mixing tin. Shake vigorously over ice and pour into glass. Top
with 3 oz. of sparkling lemonade & stir. Garnish with a lemon wheel and/or mint sprig.

Despite our few missteps, our cocktail was amazingly delicious and we highly recommend you grab yourself a bottle try this recipe yourself. The Koskenkorva Vodka virtual event also gave us some sustainable tips on what to do with our Koskenkorva bottle after it’s empty from Jeanie Engelbach, owner of Apartment Jeannie. Our favorite tips were transforming the bottles into glass tumblers and painting them to use as vases. What other tips do you recommend for empty spirit bottles.? Let us know in the comments.

Envirosax at NYIGF – The Original Designer Reusable Bag

Another favorite of mine on my tour of the NYIGF was Envirosax, the original (the company was created in 2004) designer reusable bag. Why a favorite you may ask? Well, for multiple reasons, not only are they great for the environment, they can be used for just about anything (even as a school bag – more in another post), they are also incredibly cute and there are so many design choices to choose from. The available prints are fun, wild, very different and certainly never boring. To top it off, the company is Super Green

“Founded by Belinda and Mark David-Tooze, Envirosax® originates from Currumbin Valley in South East Queensland, Australia. The Envirosax team uses renewable and recyclable products where possible, and is committed to operating on ecologically sustainable principles. Environsax is so dedicated to the idea of green living, the couple and their three children live an ecologically sustainable lifestyle with solar hot water and photovoltaic cells for electricity. A sewage system recycles waste water, watering the extensive permaculture gardens and filtered rainwater tanks provide the organic vegetable gardens, fruit trees and the premises with water.
The property also features a forest of over fifteen hundred, fifteen-year-old Hoop Pine trees, each absorbing 44lbs of carbon dioxide per year. These and the 5,000+ other trees on the property, significantly reduce the company’s carbon footprint.”
That’s amazing considering most people still don’t know how to recycle properly (don’t worry, I’m speaking speaking about myself)

Depending on the size, the Envirosax bags hold anywhere from 22lbs – 44lbs and with the exception of the Organic Series (packaged nicely in a recycled cardboard box printed with organic soy-based waterless inks)

which are made from natural fibers such Hemp, Bamboo and Linen. They also recently introduced Organic Cotton to the series – all the bags are waterproof.

The Graphic Series comes in a beautiful array of designs and each series contains five bags. My favorites are the Retro Kitchen, the Retro Graphic, and for you animal lovers out there – the Animal Planet (I personally couldn’t decide which one I loved more between the bird and the butterfly)

Envirosax also makes a Kids Series with fun and quirky characters that kids are sure to love and tote around

I got a chance to do a video interview of one of the reps from Envirosax at the NYIGF and she filled me in on the company