Much of the talk this Earth Day is about what you can do to save the planet, and when it comes to liquor there are actually some eco-friendly (and tasty) options. From an organic gin to a vodka in a recycled bottle, you won’t mind drinking green.
Not content merely to utilize renewable energy at its facility, McCormick Distilling Co. uses bottles made of 85 percent recycled glass. Return the cool swing-top cap (in the prepaid, recycled-paper envelope) and the brand will reuse it and donate $1 to Global Green USA.
On the palate, Farmer’s Botanical Gin is bright and citrusy. The elixir is also USDA-certified organic—no easy feat when you consider its bounty of ingredients, including juniper, elderflower, lemongrass, coriander and angelica root.
A few years ago, Maker’s Mark pioneered a process of anaerobic treatment that converts the waste generated by distillation into methane gas, which is used to help power the facility, reducing its natural gas consumption by 25 percent.
Like a CSA in a bottle, Rhuby contains a whole garden of organic vegetables, such as beets, carrots and, of course, rhubarb. The savory liqueur was inspired by a rhubarb-tea recipe dating back to the 1700s and concocted by a botanist friend of Benjamin Franklin’s. With aromas of lemon, cardamom, coriander and vanilla, it’s a perfect spring refresher mixed with tonic.
Rod & Rifle Bourbon ($23):
Produced in the small town of Lawrenceburg, Ind., Rod & Rifle contributes to initiatives that protect hunting and fishing grounds as well as wildlife species. It makes donations to Wildlife Forever, the nonprofit conservation arm of the North American Hunting Club and the North American Fishing Club.