July 3, 2010
Tips to Green Your Red, White, and Blue Celebration (original title (also works for Canada Day))
A few weeks ago, I wrote three recipes to get things started, including Grilled Portabello Burgers with Arugula and Dijon Spread, Grilled Summer Squash with Garlic and Mint, and Fresh Herbed Potato Salad with Lemon. All of those are quick, easy, and delicious dishes for any summer gathering.
Now that you’ve got the food covered, here are a few tips to make sure you’re also serving up sustainable beverages:
For Fruity-Drink Tipplers:
Make a waste-free fruit salad and a pitcher of sangria, all with the same fruit. When you’re cutting up fruit for the salad, save the little extra bits, such as the ends of the orange, or thin slices from around the core of the apple. Add them to a pitcher with wine, club soda, brandy, ice, and a little sweetener, and you’ve got a great sangria.
For Beer Swiggers:
Nothing says sustainable barbecue like organic beers. They’re a little more expensive than your typical six-pack, but when you choose an organic beer, you’re ensuring that the barley, hops, and other ingredients were produced sustainably and without the application of harmful pesticides and other chemicals. There’s a growing selection of organic beers available, so check out one of the brews listed in this directory and find one near you. You can also take the locavore route by selecting locally produced microbrews. Not every town will have them, but if yours does, you can ensure that your cold one doesn’t come with a huge carbon footprint from all that shipping.
For Wine Aficionados:
For those who enjoy a fine wine with their barbeque, try selecting varietals from organic or biodynamic vineyards. You can find a natural and biodynamic wine producer from this comprehensive list created by Fork & Bottle. As with any type of food and beverage purchases, the more local the vineyard, the better.
Eat, drink, and be sustainable, and have a happy Fourth of July!
Photo credit: imcountingufoz
David Orr is a sustainable cook, writer and activist.