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Organic liquors are a hot trend in mixology. These vodkas, gins and other spirits are made from pesticide-free crops, which pass on their more intense, aromatic flavor profiles to the spirits themselves.

Our current favorite is Greenbar Collective, which operates downtown Los Angeles?s first distillery since Prohibition. Inside a red-fronted warehouse on East Seventh Street, husband-and-wife team Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Matthew oversee production of Tru brand vodka and gin, as well as Crusoe silver rum. There are also sweet orange, smooth hibiscus and soft jasmine liqueurs that appeal to our girlie cocktail-loving side. 

Cocktail snobs like the line of bitters in flavors like baked apple, Swedish herb and lavender spice, developed in conjunction with noted bartenders such as Marshall Altier (co-author of How to Booze), Chicagoan Adam Seger, John Hogan of Lincoln in Washington, D.C., and Tobin Ellis, the master of Las Vegas ?flair bartending.?

We?ll be entertaining responsibly with these spirits--which are sold in southern California Whole Foods with liquor aisles. With the company?s policy of planting a tree for every bottle sold--as well as its no-pesticides rule--we can feel extra good about cocktail hour.

Greenbar Collective brands are available at Wally?s Wine & Spirits, 2107 Westwood Blvd.; 888-992-5597 or

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