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Easy Steps to Creating an Eco-Friendly Holiday Bar

 

cocktailEggnog, mulled wine, pomegranate punch…when planning your festive drink menu this holiday season, there are some quick and easy steps you can take to creating an eco-friendly bar.

Here’s a list to help you get you started:

Green Spirits: Many liquor companies are making efforts to add environmentally friendly practices to their production, from their choice of ingredients to using recycled materials and sustainable energy in their facilities. (Here’s a short list however there are many more choices!)

  • Bluecoat American Gin– no additives and uses all-natural, organic botanicals.
  • VeeV — made from Brazilian Rainforest Acai berries and other 100% natural ingredients. Made in LA at a distillery run with 100% renewable energy. This is a delicious mixer.
  • Blue Ice Organic American Wheat Vodka — handcrafted with USDA certified organic wheat & wheat neutral spirits.
  • Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey– comes from Whistle Pig Farm in Vermont, a certified organic facility.
  • Organic Nation Vodka — distilled from organic rye, wheat, and corn, and it’s certified by an organization in Oregon that is dedicated to biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture.
  • 360 Vodka – green and sustainable vodka known for its innovative recycling program.
  • A few other certified organic vodkas include Orange V, Prairie, Tru Organic Vodka & Gin, and Charbay.

Check out this video on how to make a martini with organic vodka and organic apples:

Locally Brewed Beer & Organic Wine: Choose wines that are sustainable and organic. Serve locally brewed beers, plus there are also many organic and vegan choices available at craft beer stores. Wine in boxes and beer in kegs also reduce the amount of bottles to be recycled after an event.

Recycling: Create recycling bins for glass and plastic. If the bottles are just too nice to recycle, you can always reuse them for homemade mixers and simple syrups, or infusions. 360 Vodka bottles, for example, are designed with swing-top caps so that the bottles can be reused for other purposes like olive oil, vinegars, or water. And if you are recycling the bottles instead of reusing, the caps can be mailed back through their innovative Close the Loop program.

Festive Eco-Friendly Barware and Accessories: Instead of using things just once and throwing them away, choose accessories that are washable and reusable. If using disposables, choose ones that are compostable, made from bamboo, palm leaf, or  sugarcane.210BBTWIST9-bamboo-twisted-unique-skewer__67641.1406305780.490.490

Bar Towels – choose cotton instead of paper towels

Cocktail Napkins- linen instead of paper

Straws – colorful bee’s wax coated paper straws. Ours come in green, red, black, blue, and pink.

straws-blogpostOlive/Garnish Picks – stylish bamboo picks add a festive and fun touch to cocktails.

Coasters and Cutting Board – choose eco-friendly bamboo

Decorative Trays for Bar Displays and Serving – choose from bamboo, wood, palm leaf or sugarcane

Snack Bowls – mini disposable bowls made of bamboo or palm leaf for pretzels, peanuts, other bar snacks and drink garnishes.

Glassware: If you need extra glasses, you can shop garage sales or thrift stores for used barware, vintage shakers and old-fashioned glassware. Or try our new reusable Mini Doublewall Glasses in assorted sizes and shapes.

Local & Organic Ingredients for Mixers & Garnishes: choose organic locally grown fruits and garnishes. If you need lemon or lime juice, making it fresh not only tastes better, you can also compost the scraps.

Use Energy Efficient Appliances and LED Lighting: downsize to an energy efficient bar refrigerator that fits all of your mixers and fruits. Extra empty space in the fridge uses more energy so it’s more efficient to find a size that suits your needs. Check the seal on the refrigerator (if you put a dollar bill in the door, close it, and can slip the dollar out of the door, it’s time to replace the seal). Also, unplug appliances when you’re not using them.

Clean Green: Use “green” cleaning products for cleaning bar surface, glasses and bar tools.

Here’s a simple wintery holiday recipe for Mulled Spice Organic Simple Syrup from MGQ Bartending to put you in the holiday spirit —  just add rum, vodka or any other liquor to make a martini, or club soda for an alcohol free drink.

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 each orange and lemon peel
  • star anise
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 whole cloves

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer for about 15 minutes. Strain through a wire mesh strainer into a bowl and let sit until cooled to room temp. Store in a glass jar with tight fitting lid in the fridge. Try making a festive cocktail by combining with rum and lime soda!

 CHEERS!

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Ideas For An Eco-Friendly Baby Shower

When you think about the waste that social gathering create, it makes you realize that if you are the one hosting or organizing it is kind of your responsibility to try and go “green” as much as possible.

A baby shower is an important event! It is a way to congratulate the mom-to-be and doing it in an Eco-friendly way is always a great way to do so. Not only it is the responsible thing to do but it might also motivate other moms and guests to rethink their lifestyle if they see how easy and inexpensive it is to be more careful.

In order to minimize waste as much as possible, here are a couple of tips you can follow when organizing a baby shower:

  • When it comes to invitations, try to go digital to avoid paper waste. If you really want to send actual invites, use 100% recycled paper
  • Let your guests know that you are trying to be Green and that they should skip the wrapping paper, reuse some that they already used, use newspaper, and so on.
  • Encourage them not to buy cards but to write a note inside of a cheap kid’s book for instance. They will spend about the same amount of money and it is not something that you will eventually throw away.
  • What to do about gifts? Make your registry through Eco-friendly stores such as http://www.ecomom.com/ to make it convenient for your guests to know exactly what you need and where to get an Eco-friendly version of it.

pick+displayWhat about the table? You are more likely going to serve food or appetizers and if you are looking for solutions to be Green, we’ve got you covered. To favor conviviality, go for mini appetizers easy to eat fast while having conversations with the other guests. A great idea is to use skewers and display them with pick holders. How is it Eco-friendly? Bamboo picks are 100% biodegradable! And using these beautiful and colorful skewers that will remind everyone of their childhood is the perfect way to do it.

mini-feastAnd what says “baby” better than mini dishes? Serving mini pizza and sliders in those adorable (everything is adorable when it’s tiny) mini boxes is an original way to celebrate the future baby!

If you want to bake and serve cupcakes (everyone is a kid at heart when it comes to cupcakes), use biodegradable baking cups. Not only is it the Eco-friendly way, but they also look really cute and you know it will be a hit!

Last but not least, decorate your table with objects you will be able to use later such as stuffed animals, little toys, or anything you can think of. Be creative!

Have fun and enjoy your baby shower!

Check out all of our Eco-friendly products at www.bioandchic.com

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What Is Mardi Gras And How To Throw An Eco-Friendly Mardi Gras Party

March is approaching which means Mardi Gras is coming up!

What is Mardi Gras?

Literally “Fat Tuesday” in French, Mardi Gras falls the day before Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent for Christians). Originally to be ready to deal with the 40-day liturgical period of fasting during Lent, people got to enjoy the Carnival celebration beginning on the Epiphany (January 6th) and ending on Mardi Gras in the beginning of March.

Last day of the Carnival celebrations, Mardi Gras is a day filled with music, parades, excitement and food in abundance! With the traditional purple (representing justice), green (representing faith) and gold (representing power) colors, everyone is dressed up, feasting and having an amazing time. In 2014, Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday, March 4.

What to do for Mardi Gras?

Now the question is, what are you going to do for Mardi Gras? It is a great occasion to party and spend time with your family and friends but it is always better to plan in advance.

Every year, a lot of people go to New Orleans, famous for its big event, parades and costumes on Mardi Gras but most of us can’t afford to fly or drive there whether it is for money or free time reason. This is why you can choose to host festivities at your place and bring Mardi Gras into your home!

Mardi Gras is all about costumes, masks, confetti, decorations and food. The first thing you have to think about is to decorate your venue with the traditional Mardi Gras colors – purple, green and gold -, get some fun party supplies (go for the reusable and Eco-friendly ones and do your best to avoid waste) and prepare everything you will need when it comes to food, the most important part of the feast.
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Doing the dishes after the festivities, especially for such a food oriented one, can be a real bother so you definitely want to go for disposable tableware but keep in mind that it is very important to be Eco-friendly, especially when using disposables! Luckily, Eco-friendly supplies are very easy to find and also very affordable when you know where to look. Go for sugarcane plates for a very cost efficient solution and don’t forget to inform your guests that all plates are compostable. You can be sure they will love the “green” touch. Don’t forget to also decorate your drinks! With colorful compostable straws or with biodegradable bamboo skewers, set your imagination free and make those drinks pretty!

What is the King Cake tradition?
king cake-croppedAnother great thing about Mardi Gras is the awesome tradition of King Cake. No Mardi Gras celebration is complete without a King Cake! In France and Quebec King Cake is called “Galette des Rois” and consists of a flaky pastry generously filled with almond paste. The tradition wants the cake to be used to draw the King of the party. How so? The cake is baked with a tiny figurine (originally representing baby Jesus) hidden inside and the lucky one who gets the piece of cake with the figurine gets the crown, and get sometimes designated as the next Mardi Gras party host. In America, the cake is very different. Usually baked in a ring shape, it is a yeast bread frosted with purple, green and gold icing.

But no matter what kind of King Cake you are having, Mardi Gras is always a good time and definitely worth having a party!

Have fun and as they say for Mardi Gras, “Let the good times roll”!

Check out all of our Eco-Friendly products to host your party at www.bioandchic.com

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