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Greenly: ‘70s Bar, Meet 2013 Eco-Consciousness

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A quintessential ‘70s cocktail meets its green match with a few key updates, from local to homemade.

Whether you’re traveling, eating or crafting, there’s always a green alternative — cocktail mixing included. As the weather continues to warm, we’re quickly moving into the season of al fresco cocktail hour and outdoor entertaining. So for today’s Greenly post, I’m sharing my eco-conscious take on the refreshing ‘70s classic, the Tom Collins.

This straightforward cocktail is perfect for any occasion, especially when made with local, organic ingredients! There’s no need for using the mixes, premade syrups, or prepackaged juices cocktail recipes often call for. Instead, I use homemade simple syrup made from natural, unprocessed sugar, fresh squeezed citrus, and locally distilled gin to craft my take on the Tom Collins.

Tom Collins
Makes 1 drink

The goods:
2 oz. Gin
¾ oz. Lemon juice
¾ oz. Homemade simple syrup (never fear — it’s called simple syrup for a reason!)
Splash of seltzer
Plenty of ice
Lemon wedge for garnish

The technique:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
Add in all ingredients.
Shake, shake, shake.
Draw a line. (Insider Tip: That’s how you know it’s cold enough!)
Strain and pour.
Finish with a splash of seltzer and a lemon for garnish.
Sip and enjoy.

PS If you want to find out more about my experience composting at a local farm, I've uploaded pictures here!

What eco-conscious tips do you have to share when it comes to updating your favorite al fresco drink?

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Natalie Ghio
Natalie Ghio

Besides composting, I love traveling, yoga, exploring new flavors, supporting local farms, and cooking for friends at my home in Brooklyn.