[ed. A question about green cocktails was posed during one of the panels at Rum Fest yesterday which just happened to coincide with Blog Action Day, so I've consulted our resident environmentally friendly forest creature and connoisseur of fine exotic cocktails, Adam. Adam provided the deliciously green photo above as well.]
Yesterday was Blog Action Day, and bloggers all around the ‘sphere are looking at their little corner of the world and how they can make it greener.
Rick and I recently read Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, in which the author attempts to discern the provenance of the foods on his dinner plate to determine their impact on the environment. What if we took a closer look at what goes into the creation of our cocktails?
Like most tiki drinks, the principal ingredient of the lovely “green cocktail” shown above is rum. According to the WWF’s 2004 Sugar and the Environment report, “The cultivation and processing of sugar produce environmental impacts through the loss of natural habitats, intensive use of water, heavy use of agro-chemicals, discharge and runoff of polluted effluent and air pollution. This leads to the degradation of wildlife, soil, air and water. Although many of the environmental impacts are generic to agriculture, some impacts are distinct, particularly in their severity.”
I won’t go into the details, but you can check out the report if you’re interested. The rum also has to be transported to and around the United States.
So how can we make our rum-based cocktails “greener” (outside of adding blue curacao, as I have here)? Well, there are three organic rums being produced today, though they are not available in the U.S. (but can be ordered online).
- Papagayo Organic Rum (Paraguay)
- Utkins Fairtrade White Rum (Paraguay)
- Matraga White Rum (Brazil)
- Rivers Royal (Grenada)
Of course, we can also use other locally produced and/or organic ingredients in our drinks (produce, juices, etc.), and be sure to check the Energy Star rating when purchasing a new refrigerator. And of course, there are many other ways you can reduce your environmental footprint.
I look at making my home bar more environmentally friendly as a fun challenge. What do you think?
In addition, Adam has provided a tasty-looking green drink of his own. He says it’s not perfected yet, so give it a try and post your thoughts.
- 2oz pineapple juice
- 1/2oz lime juice
- 1oz Barbados rum
- 1 1/2oz bourbon
- 1/2oz orgeat
- 1/2oz passion fruit syrup
- 8 drops Herbsaint
- Blue Curacao to color
- 6oz crushed ice
Flash blend and pour into a fun glass.