Having a cocktail may seem like a harmless way to relax at the end of a hard day or week. However, these alcoholic concoctions can have considerable costs to the environment during the alcohol production process—the sourcing and agricultural production of crops needed to make the alcohol; resources used and waste generated during the fermentation and distillation processes; length of maturation; product transportation; and the lifecycle of the packaging—and when being mixed, shaken, or stirred into the perfect drink at the bar. Now many spirits companies and bar tenders are doing their part to reduce their environmental impact.

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