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The Green Life: Green Your Drink -- Sangria

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August 25, 2008

Green Your Drink -- Sangria

Sangria_green Give a toast to the environment with this week's tips for finding (and making) light-on-the-planet beverages.

Tip #1: Add a local twist

Basic sangria recipes combine wine, fresh fruit, sugar, brandy, and cinnamon--ingredients that can weigh heavily on the environment as a result of long shipping routes, heavy pesticide use, and water-intensive farming practices. For a greener version of the red Spanish punch, try sweetening sangria with honey from a nearby farmers market and opting for organic seasonal fruits and local wines. One of sangria's biggest virtues is its adaptability: No peaches? Pears work fine. No brandy? No worries--choose your next-favorite liqueur. So if some of the basics aren't in season or locally available, you can get creative and swap in the season and region's best offerings.

Share your recipes and tips: Do you have a great green sangria or cocktail recipe? How do you make the most of foods grown or produced near your home?

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