The Green Giant: A Garden-Fresh Cocktail with Peas

Prairie Organic Vodka's Green Giant Cocktail Recipe
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  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
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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.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Muddle 4 sugar snap peas, 10–12 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% 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.

Spring Suite Cocktail Recipe

A spiked split pea smoothie, that would be the best way to describe this cocktail. It is one of those recipes that I cannot resist because it is so interesting.

The cocktail itself is a fun mix that includes a spring pea puree and mint, which is a natural pairing. Add to that a little lemon marmalade and juice and you have a truly unique drink that is perfect for spring entertaining.

There is some work involved in this drink and I recommend trying it on your own first. If you like it, save the recipe for your next brunch or cookout and see what your friends think.

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with a lemon twist.

*To Make Spring Pea Puree:

  1. Boil a pot of water seasoned with salt (to the strength of sea water).  
  2. Blanch the spring peas until sweet to taste.  
  3. Cool down immediately in a ice bath.  
  4. Puree in a food processor or blender and add regular water to loosen (to the consistency of a very loose fruit smoothie).  
  5. Strain through sieve.  

A Note About American Harvest Spirit

The Spring Suite features American Harvest Organic Spirit, a vodka-like liquor that has a "proprietary mixture of organic ingredients." It is a brand built on being eco-friendly and boasts local, organic Idaho wheat, wind power, and reuse and recycle practices.

The 'spirit' is very good, with a nice, crisp flavor.

A search in 2016 makes me question whether the brand is still being produced. Their website is down though it can still be found at a number of liquor stores (in somewhat limited supply). All of the buzz about the brand stopped around 2013.

It is not surprising if this is the case as we have seen it many times with boutique brands trying to compete for vodka drinkers.

Substitute Options

There are a number of options for substitutes if you cannot find American Harvest Spirit. One of my first choices would be Prairie Organic Vodka.

Recipe Courtesy: American Harvest Spirit

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 736
Total Fat 3 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 34 mg
Carbohydrates 117 g
Dietary Fiber 36 g
Protein 35 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)