If you want to lower your carbon footprint even when you visit a bar, you need to start drinking sustainably.
Here are some tips that will help you to do just that:
- Buy from trusted brands: Normally, you would look at the label on any drink before consuming it. However, most people do not do the same when it comes to alcoholic drinks. Even if you wanted to read the label, most alcoholic drink labels only tell you that alcohol can impair your judgment and where the drink was bottled/canned. In fact, even when you look online, you might not find the ingredients that go into making your favorite alcoholic drink. To make sure that you are drinking sustainably, you should only purchase alcohol made by brands that you trust or those that are transparent about their ingredients and production process.
- Try organic wine, liquor, and beer: If you frequent high-end bars, you might have come across organic liquors such as Gin, Tequila Alquemia, Crop Vodka, and Prairie Vodka. When you drink organic, not only will you be helping the environment by consuming alcohol with ingredients grown without herbicides and pesticides, but also drinking alcohol with fewer chemicals in the brewing process, meaning a lighter hangover the next day. If you are in the mood for some wine, you can find organic wine at a number of wine stores.
- Pick your mixers well: We live in a time when you can get the best cocktails available. Does your local bar feature drinks made with real juices, high-quality bitters, and muddled fruits? If you visit a low-end bar, you might struggle to find a good mixer: when you order cranberry vodka at such an establishment, you will get a sugary, watered-down drink. However, if you make your own mixers at home, you can drink anything that you want. You should pick up Q drink mixers from your local natural grocery store.
- Go local: The shorter the distance your favorite drink is shipped, the smaller your carbon footprint will be. You should opt for locally made wines, spirits, and beers. No matter where you live, Craft beer breweries are usually in abundance. Tasting local beers is a good way to get a taste of the local scene.
- Support sustainable practices: With all the barriers that come in the way of making affordable organic beer, you should not look down on the breweries that craft beer in a sustainable manner. Diplomatico rum is not organic, but it uses sustainable practices at the Venezuelan distillery. Additionally, New Belgium beer made in Colorado is renowned for its sustainability initiatives.
- Consider the container: Every container has its advantages and disadvantages. Aluminum and glass are easy to recycle but their bottle caps are not. Glass does not pack as efficiently as aluminum and is heavier to ship. Unfortunately, beer brewers have not found a can that has BPA-free lining.
This is not a big concern because cans are usually kept cold and drank within a few weeks. The BPA does not get a chance to seep into the beer as it would in a container that gets hot. However, if this concerns you, opt for glass whenever possible.
You should definitely avoid plastic and containers made from mixed materials. Thoughtfulness about packaging should extend to the bar; you should check what a bar serves liquor in and avoid plastic cups.
Are you looking for non-alcoholic, environmentally friendly drinks? You should try green tea and kopi luwak coffee. These are great drinks that you can have when you are feeling tired because they have caffeine, which will liven you up.