Ventura Spirits Midas Touch - food waste transformed into top shelf liquor
Ventura Spirits is a California micro distillery specializing in innovative craft spirits inspired by California's central coast. They make gin that tastes like the sage that grows on the hills above the central coast, vodka and brandy that tastes like ripe strawberry fields, and a prickly pear spirit that is the high desert in a bottle.
But what puts these guys in a glass of their own, is not just what they distill, but where they source it from.
Ventura takes ugly strawberries that are still sound and usable fruit, ferment them and distill them into their California Vodka. To date, they have saved about 500 thousand pounds of ugly strawberries that would have gone to waste. Check out the video below to learn all about it and come by Thursday, May 25th from 4:30 - 6:30 to try the whole line up!
Ventura California Vodka, $27.50 - California Vodka is the only vodka in the world made from strawberries. This is not a flavored vodka - it is a neutral spirit that is actually distilled from strawberry wine. The locally grown fruit is fermented, distilled and bottled by hand at their craft distillery on California’s central coast.
Ventura Strawberry Brandy, $37.50 - Distilled from California strawberries whose imperfections kept them off store shelves, their one-of-a-kind brandy is aged for two years in neutral French oak casks. The result is a dry character with a lovely strawberry aroma and notes of honey and dried fruit. It's their way of using surplus produce to create something sustainable and delicious. Ugly fruit, beautiful brandy!
Ventura Wilder Gin, $29.50 - Wilder Gin is distilled with wild-harvested, native California botanicals including sagebrush, purple sage, bay, yerba santa, pixie mandarin peel and chuchupate. This dynamic mix of the wild and the cultivated bursts with fresh, savory aromas, like taking a walk through the mountains of the central coast. Drink Wilder straight, or use it to bring out the wilder side of gin cocktails. This is not the Queen’s gin, it’s Wilder.
Opuntia Prickly Pear Brandy, $44.50 - Made from the fruit of the Nopal cactus. Its flavor is as singular as tequila’s, an invigorating balance of fresh fruit and desert earth that is all its own. Over a ton of sun-ripened California fruit is fermented into wine and then distilled in each batch.