A spirit maker in San Diego is fighting food waste in a truly unique way: by making vodka with food headed for the trash. Misadventure Vodka describes itself as “vodka made from unsold baked goods.” And as strange as it sounds, the company actually uses leftovers from a local food bank to make the hooch.
Co-owner Sam Chereskin admits: “When we first came up with the idea, no one thought it was a good one.” But they went for it anyway, wanting to find a use for food waste. Now they’re getting over a thousand pounds of bread products a week from the food bank and they make vodka with that stuff that couldn’t even be given away to the needy.
“We get Twinkies, Ho Hos, French baguettes, crullers, you name it,” explains co-owner Whitney Rigali. “The whole bakery aisle goes into our vodka.”
Basically, all the baked goods have starches and sugars in them and those are building blocks of making any kind of alcohol. So their process isn’t that different than making any other distilled beverage. And the folks at Misadventure feel that tackling food waste is an important part of what they do.
“I have a reason to get up in the morning that goes beyond having a drink,” Chereskin says, “but I get to have that too. So it’s a pretty fun day.”
Source: Food and Wine