It is said that five servings of vegetables a day are needed to maintain a healthy diet.
Well now you can now get your daily dose of carrots in your evening’s stiff drink.
Two Scenic Rim women – both married to carrot farmers – are behind a new Carrot Vodka, distilled using fresh carrots.
Gen Windley and Alice Gorman, from Kalfresh Vegetables, were looking for ways to reduce food waste on farm by using wonky carrots, when they happened upon the idea of creating a vodka infused with carrot juice.
Ms Windley said it is already her favourite way to consume the orange vegetable.
“Food waste on farm is a big issue and we’re constantly thinking of ways to use 100 per cent of our crop,” she said.
“One of our favourite Friday afternoon drinks is vodka and soda and we may have been sipping on one when we decided to embark on the carrot vodka project.”
The women approached local winemaker Jason Hannay of Flinders Peak Winery with their idea.
He was up for the challenge and distilled some test batches to see if the concept had crunch.
The Carrot Vodka is produced by distilling shiraz grapes and infusing carrot flavours via fresh carrots.
The result was a clear, smooth, slightly-sweet vodka with a subtle hint of carrot flavour.
“Not having done anything with vegetables before was a bit daunting, but after a few experiments we got a great result,” Mr Hannay said.
“I like it, it’s a good flavour, having the grape spirit as the base makes it just that little bit different too.”
Wonky carrots weren’t the only motivation – the women were also keen to go one better than their husbands in the carrot diversification stakes.
In 2015 Alice’s husband made headlines when he and an Ipswich craft beer maker launched a Carrot Beer.
The Wabbit Saison Carrot Beer was a hit and hopped off the bar at the Ipswich Pumpyard Brewery.
The women hope their Carrot Vodka will be just as popular.
“The beer was excellent and is super popular, but neither of us are really beer drinkers,” Ms Windley said.
“Alice and I have four loud and energetic sons so we decided this was the year to create an alcoholic vegetable drink for ourselves.”
Flinders Peak Winery Manager, Aretha Acton, says the winery was happy to support local farmers and will sell the carrot vodka via the winery cellar door.
“When Gen and Alice first proposed the idea we laughed, but then Jason quickly started calculating how many carrots we’d need and what techniques he’d use to extract the best carrot flavour,” she explains.
“ We’re also not afraid to try new things, and the carrot vodka is an exciting addition to our range of products – in addition to our wines we also make port, gin and lemon schnapps from our own lemons.”
Bottles of Carrot Vodka will be available to buy at the Winter Harvest Festival, Scenic Rim Eat Local Week’s signature event.