So…my last post was all about gut health, and now this one is about getting shnockered (my grandma’s word for ‘wasted’).
Let’s call it BALANCE.
We recently hosted an “Eco Cocktail Party” and subjected our guests to 6 different cocktails in a few short hours. You can imagine how that went.
Before it got messy, it was a pretty sight. We had about 40+ peeps rock out to our party mix on Spotify, and cast a vote for their favorite eco concoction.
Oh plus, we fed them din-din: bison burgers (less fat, better for you, better for the planet, avoids factory farms), amazing vegan burgers from Costco, and veggie shish kabobs from our garden bumper crops. The one and only Maximo Morrone, my crazy husband, manned the grill.
Now while you might be thinking how benevolent of us to host such a shindig, in reality the whole thing was really just for me.
A few weeks prior I was in my hot office and thought: “I’d love me a cocktail.” Not beer, not wine, but a proper cocktail. Let’s breeze past the fact it was nowhere near 5 ‘o clock, despite the fact that it may have been “somewhere.”
Which led me to my next slightly-alcoholic thought:
What a pity that I don’t have a go-to cocktail.
Though I’m a Southern Girl, I do not know how to make a mint julep or gin gimlet. Seriously. It’s high time that I get a signature cocktail, as I am sure you would agree.
The key word here is signature. Something to go with my personality: easy, unique, and refreshing. (Okay, okay, so that is the personality I wish I had.)
So we put together a killa tasting menu by polling invitees for their go-to cocktail in advance. Then J.T. played a mean mixologist while rocking a hilarious hat from my favorite kale snack company which says, “Kale is the New Kale.” Um. Okay.
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If you subscribe to our email updates, you will receive the exclusive link for the eco-mixologist booklet. In it I also reveal my new personal signature cocktail. (Hint: it involves a farm fresh egg – shocker.)
While we tried to set up a system to vote on the 6 finalists, we ultimately couldn’t pick a winning cocktail. This isn’t some “oh everyone’s a winner” B.S. that they tell you in Montessori school. Let’s just say we had an – ahem – broad range of tastes.
Also maybe some people voted for the same cocktail ten times, some might have spilled tequila on the tally-sheet, and then one person may or may not have fallen down.
While we’re not going to name names, we are going to name our favorite eco-libation partners in crime:
- Om Cocktails – They use organic sugarcane vodka and agave sweetener in their pre-made cocktails – which is great for when you don’t have time or patience to prep your own. Plus they plant one tree in Haiti for every bottle sold, and took home the award for the fanciest bottles.
- Veev / Vita Frute– I’ve long been a huge fan of this acai vodka because it just rocks when you put it over crushed ice, or if you want mix it with a little soda water. It was my sig cocktail if you could call it that considering there was not even a twist, until I discovered the Flip (And that mind-blowing recipe? Members only, kiddos).
- Square One Organic Basil Vodka – This smooth vodka made our “Hound Dog” the most sophisticated drink on the menu. Really looking forward to giving their upcoming rye whiskey a shake.
- Greenbar – This LA co-op distillery contributed an assortment of small travel bottles so we couldn’t serve everyone up a drink, but the next day a private tasting party was impressed with the FruitLab Hibiscus Organic Liqueur. (Yes, we are THAT committed to our jobs.)
- The Green Glass Company –How cool that this co. recycles wine bottles into goblets, and soda bottles into perfect lowball glasses.
- Glass Dharma – Their reusable glass straws with the colorful dots were such great eye-candy that we didn’t need to do a bunch of fancy garnishes.
- Poparuba – These gluten-free mini-cakes are new to the scene, available in the Rocky Mountain area and online, but keep an eye out…you may see them in your local store very soon because they are so good. Come on, with garbanzo beans as a primary ingredient and STILL tasting like a brownie? At 50 calories? Fuhgeddaboudit.
Now when you throw your eco-cocktail party I don’t need to remind you to use real cutlery, cloth napkins, and reusable plates – right? BTW I have some whimsical melamine plates from Anthropologie. Since I’ve used them over the past 5 years, I figure they’ve saved me over $50 in tacky disposable plastic plates – which just about covers the cost of them, so I win and so does the planet. See how that works? 🙂
Until next week, get YOUR eco signature cocktail on while it’s summertime . . . and the livin’ is boozy.
PS: Let us know your favorite cocktail concoction below in the comments and you’ll be entered to win something boozy for sharing.
PPS: Looking for some ideas for the day after? Listen up, Buttercup: Mixing OTC painkillers like Tylenol is a recipe for liver disaster according to the FDA. So if you didn’t catch my tip #1 for preventing the hangover in this episode on sustainable sippin’, the day after the simplest cure is the best: drink water and go back to bed. Upon rising, tomato or orange juice will help flush the toxins and replenish lost vitamin C. And personally I feel better after a greasy breakfast. At least while I’m eating it…