Sunday, May 19, 2013

Ocean Vodka - What's In a Name?

Ocean Vodka. Say the name slowly, pausing after each word. Then ask yourself, why that name in particular? Ocean – the organic farm and distillery operations are not located near the ocean, but upcountry, along the slopes of Haleakala Crater. So why ocean? The next word: vodka – that’s what they make, but this is vodka produced from an untraditional source: sugar cane, not potatoes. It is even described as delicious, unlike traditional vodka. Then go back to the first word, ocean. It makes sense once you find out that desalinated deep sea water is used in the making of this special vodka. Not just any ocean water, but the super pure, mineral rich deep sea water off the Big Island of Hawaii. Water that is so pure that Hawaii biologists use this same deep sea water to raise seahorses, which are sensitive to pollution and cannot thrive in contaminated waters.

If you’d like to read more, I invite you to read the rest of my guest post about the Grand Opening of Ocean Vodka on A Maui Blog. This is a teaser post.

In the meantime, here are some pictures to enjoy:


  1. Interesting. Can you use this vodka to make vanilla or is it so different that it won't work? I always learn something new and didn't know there was a deep sea water. The only salt water I am familiar with is the one that I swallow when I turn my back on a wave. :)

  2. Lemon drops - another innocent sounding drink!

  3. I bet it would make great vanilla extract. Haven't tried it though, but it might be even a touch sweeter than normal extract.


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