With a busy week behind you and the weekend within reach, there’s no shame in taking things a bit easy on Friday afternoon. With this in mind, every Friday TriplePundit will give you a fun, easy read on a topic you care about. So, take a break from those endless email thread and spend five minutes catching up on the latest trends in sustainability and business.
The weekend is the perfect time to relax and toss back a few. We've already covered sustainable beer and wine in our 3p Weekend series, but what about sustainable spirits? From grain-to-bottle to fair trade certified, no bar cart is complete without these sustainable sips.
As a side note, you probably all know that Earth Hour is on Saturday, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. And if you ask us, there's no better way to enjoy an hour in the dark than with a cocktail in hand. For some inspiration, scroll down for the debut of TriplePundit's "Triple Bottom Line" cocktail!
Square One vodkas are made from organic rye grown by a group of farmers in Montana. But ingredients sourcing is just the beginning: The company recycles spent rye for livestock feed and even designed its bottles with easily removable labels, so they can be reused for other purposes before recycling. (Fancy mixer bottle, anyone?)
In addition to its single-barrel organic whiskeys, Koval offers a wide range of organic liqueurs for those after-dinner drinks -- ranging from the classics like coffee to unique mixes like rose hip, ginger and caraway. Check out the brand's gin, vodka and brandy, too!
In addition to sourcing ingredients sustainably, the company recaptures all production waste to produce a nutrient-rich soil supplement for the local farming community. It then captures the methane gas that's produced by waste collection and processing -- creating an energy source that helps power the facility.
1 1/2 ounces FAIR Fair Trade certified vodka
2 ounces Numi Fair Trade certified green tea, brewed and chilled
1 ounce Maine Root Fair Trade certified ginger beer
Organic lemons and limes
Mix it up
1. Add vodka, chilled green tea and four cucumber slices to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
2. Squeeze in the juice of a quarter of a lemon and a quarter of a lime. (Drop your spent fruit slices in the shaker for more flavor.)
3. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds, and pour into a pint glass packed with ice.
4. Top with ginger beer, and stir gently with a mixing spoon.
5. Garnish with lime and cucumber slices.
6. Enjoy responsibly!
Image credits: FAIR (1 and 2); Square One Organic Vodka; Koval Organic Spirits; Papagayo; Dulce Vida Organic Tequilas
Mary Mazzoni, Senior Editor, has written for TriplePundit since 2013. She is also Managing Editor of CR Magazine and the Editor of 3p’s Sponsored Series. Mazzoni’s recent work can be found in Conscious Company, AlterNet and VICE’s Motherboard. She is based in Philadelphia.