You’ve got grass-fed local beef on the grill, a few vegetarian dishes on the table, and reusable bamboo plates – your eco-friendly barbecue is ready to go! But wait, what’s that? A can of sugar-laden mass produced soda? Say it ain’t so! Keep your barbecue healthy for your body and the environment, and try out some of these eco-friendly drink options!
Canned or bottled lemonade is loaded up with so much sugar and preservatives that it makes your mouth pucker – and not from the tart flavor! Try a simple lemonade recipe to cut out the preservatives and extra sugar. Martha Stewart offers a basic lemonade recipe with just lemons, water, and sugar, but if you’re looking for variety try adding fresh mint, maraschino cherries, or even pomegranate seeds! All three options help you change up the flavor without giving up the lovely simplicity.
A glass of iced tea on a summer day is tradition, and the refreshing beverage gives you a caffeine boost without the added sugar of sodas. Country Living offers a variety of iced tea recipes including a few with an alcoholic kick to them. To make organic iced tea, simply be sure to purchase organic ingredients, and voila! High quality iced tea at half the cost. Don’t want to take the time to make tea? Try Honest Tea, an organic option that is very tasty, comes in lots of varieties and is available nationwide.
Just typing the word “beer” makes me crave a cold one! A barbecue classic, good beer makes good food taste even better. But don’t go for the 30-pack of Miller, take a look around and try some of the great organic and vegan beers available in craft beer stores. The Daily Green recommends 8 organic brewing companies who offer everything from hoppy IPAs to smooth wit biers.
There can be some confusion about organic wine and what makes a wine organic. Grapes, vineyards, wineries, and wines can all be certified organic, so be sure to check labels and clarify what, exactly, has been certified. But if you’re not sure which organic wine to go for, The Daily Green offers a guide to the 11 Best Organic Wines. Some of these wines even come in Tetra Paks, recyclabe containers that are made with half the energy it takes to make a glass bottle.
Now you’ve got options that aren’t loaded with sugar and are low-impact on the environment. Your eco-friendly barbecue is ready to go!