The Green Giant: A Garden-Fresh Cocktail With Peas

Prairie Organic Vodka's Green Giant Cocktail Recipe
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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
736 Calories
3g Fat
117g Carbs
35g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 736
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 34mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 117g 42%
Dietary Fiber 36g 128%
Protein 35g
Calcium 213mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

When the warm sun of those first spring days hit, our thoughts turn to fresh drinks. This Green Giant Cocktail is a fabulous place to start.

The recipe is one of those great fresh from the garden cocktails. It features a great organic vodka with vermouth, then honey to sweeten things up. It is, however, the fresh tarragon and sugar snap peas that make the Green Giant an extraordinary cocktail!

That's right, for this drink you will be mixing peas! If you have yet to try it, you're missing out. It is certainly not the most unusual cocktail ingredient out there.

Have you ever enjoyed the freshness of a snap or sugar pea right off the vine? It's like that, only in a liquid form and with a little booze to make it even better.

If you are enamored with the idea of a pea cocktail, there is a second recipe below to try as well. Both are a perfect way to bring in spring.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Muddle 4 sugar snap peas, 10 to 12 tarragon leaves, and honey in a cocktail shaker.

  2. Add the remaining ingredients and shake with ice.

  3. Strain into an old-fashioned glass over crushed ice.

  4. Garnish with two sugar snap peas.

Recipe Courtesy: Prairie Organic Vodka

A Note About Prairie Organic Vodka

Prairie Organic Vodka is among my personal picks for organic vodka. It is corn-based and produced in Minnesota, with the grain sourced from a co-op of local organic farmers. Since the brand's launch in 2008, they've introduced a gin and cucumber vodka as well.

Try Cucumber Vodka

That leads me to a second point about the Green Giant recipe. Though Prairie Organic's original intention was that it's clear vodka be used, I enjoyed the cocktail just a little bit more with their cucumber vodka. The switch adds just a little more freshness to the drink and the flavor of the two garden ingredients in tandem is simply wonderful, a true fix for spring fever!

Either clear or cucumber, at just over $20 a bottle, Prairie Organic is a great bargain in the organic spirits market.

Choosing the Best Peas

The freshness of your sugar snap peas is going to be key in making a great Green Giant cocktail. Look for peas that have a saturated pale green color and try snapping one. They should easily snap in half, not bend.

Storing Peas

Store the peas in a sealed plastic bag. They should be good for 4-5 days in the refrigerator.

Unless you grow them yourself, sugar snap peas have a very short season. You can prolong your enjoyment of the Green Giant by blanching and freezing the peas. The process is quick and though it won't be exactly like fresh peas from the vine, they will retain enough of their fresh flavor to create a good drink.

I wouldn't go longer than a month in the freezer because they do loose their flavor. Use older peas for food dishes and remember this recipe for next spring.

How Strong Is the Green Giant?

The Green Giant is the strength of the average cocktail. If we use a 15 percent ABV vermouth, then we can estimate it to be right around 18 percent ABV (36 proof). It's slightly stronger than the average glass of wine.