Sustainability

10 Sustainable Sips To Stock Up On This Month

By Morgan Reardon
9th Dec 2020

a tray of purple and clear cocktails

If there’s one thing we all need this festive season, it’s a fully stocked drinks cabinet. Tis the season for back to back get togethers with friends and family after all. 

But instead of opting for your usual booze delivery, why not do the planet (and potentially your liver) a solid this year and try sustainable, organic tipples instead? 

Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with a variety of tasty drops from wine to gin that you can sip, guilt-free.

Applewood Distillery Bush Apple Gin

Price: $90

Kicking off the list with Australia’s first B Corp distillery, Applewood. These legends use native botanical ingredients to create products that honour and represent the land, monetising it for farmers and creating an alignment of profitability and sustainability. While we dig their whole range, we’re loving the Bush Apple Gin—tart bush apples sourced from the Northern Territory are mixed with pomegranate and riberries for a crisp and refreshing sip. Buy it here.

a bottle of gin sits on a background of bush apples

Stone & Wood The Gatherer

Price: $18.95 (4 Pack)

Proudly B-Corp certified, Byron Bay brewery Stone & Wood created their own Green Feet program which looks to minimise their carbon footprint, striving to not only reduce, reuse and recycle but also exploring innovative practices by reimagining the ecology of brewing. As well as caring for the environment, they also make cracking beers. Perfect for summer, we can’t get enough of The Gatherer, a zesty beer with a twist of real watermelon, cucumber and mint. Grab yourself a tinnie here

a glass of pink liquid sits next to a can of beer.

Paxton Vale Organics Shiraz

Price: $25

Established in 1979 on a family farm in McLaren Vale, South Australia, Paxton bottles some of the tastiest, organic and biodynamic wines in the country. Practicing minimal winemaking intervention, which ensures the integrity of the fruit from vineyard to bottle, our favourite is their rich, full-bodied shiraz. Vegan friendly with an oak balance and a smooth finish, shop yours here

the close up of a black label on a black bottle.

Cape Byron Distillery Brooke’s Mac & Wattleseed Liqueur

Price: $67.95 $64.10

This smooth tipple, with decadent butterscotch, cacao and coffee flavours is one of the tastiest drops we’ve had all year. Even better, it’s not harming the planet. Boasting 100% natural flavours and colours, all the macadamias used in the making of Mac are from Cape Byron’s own backyard in the NSW Northern Rivers regions and are hand-roasted at Brookfarm. Shop it here

a bottle of liqueur on a wooden table next to scattered nuts and limes.

4 Pines Brewing Pacific Ale

Price: $65 $57 (24 Pack)

This Manly brewery is so committed to sustainability they’ve written up a beer print with targets to reduce water waste, invest in renewable energy and become a zero waste company—at present they’ve diverted 62% of waste from landfill and their spent yeast is transported off-site to get anaerobically digested and converted into renewable energy. We dig that! We also dig their uber refreshing Pacific Ale, hazy golden in appearance with fruity aromas of passionfruit, pineapple and pear. Grab a case here.

a set of hands cheers two bottles of beer at the beach

Adelaide Hills Distillery 78 Sunset Gin

Price: $80

With a clear focus on native Australian ingredients and earth-friendly, sustainable production methods, Adelaide Hills Distillery is all about creating spirits with a conscience. As pretty as it is tasty, this pale pink gin has notes of fresh red berries, with subtle hints of pine and eucalyptus. The best bit? With each bottle of 78˚ gin sold a portion of the profits go directly back to the local community and charities. Grab yours here

a pink glass bottle on a pink background

Round Theory Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $24 $19

Consciously crafted, this funky drop is vegan as well as being sustainably sourced and grown in New Zealand. Even better, they’ve partnered with CarbonClick to ensure they’re climate friendly, creating products that help our planet. As part of their carbon positive program, they off-set at least double of their carbon emissions to make sure they not only taste good, but also do good. Expect tropical notes of guava and passionfruit, delivering crisp fresh flavours from this tasty tipple. Shop it here.

four glass bottles in a line up, behind them is a blue background

Husk Distillers Pure Cane Agricole Rum

Price: $69

Forget the Caribbean rum you know, this agricole variety from NSW’s Husk Distillers is a total game-changer. Unlike traditional molasses rums. Pure Cane is unaged resulting in a sparkling, crystal clear liquid that’s fresh with herbal and floral aromas. Perfect when mixed in caipirinhas and mojitos or poured over soda water with a squeeze of lime, all the sugar cane in each bottle is harvested on Husk’s farm—so you’re only getting the purest rum, without the nasties. Grab a bottle here

a glass bottle captured in the afternoon light.

Manly Spirits Australian Marine Botanical Vodka

Price: $79.99 $74.90

Every bottle of Manly Spirits Australian Marine Botanical Vodka is distilled, bottled and labelled by hand in their artisan distillery on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Inspired by sunrise swims this sustainable vodka is made with Australian marine botanicals which contribute to savoury, sea air notes on the nose, balanced with gentle umami flavours on the palate. It’s the perfect summer sip. Grab a bottle here

a glass bottle on a bar next to a pale yellow cocktail

The Hidden Sea Rosé

Price: $98 (6 Pack)

For each case of Hidden Sea sold, they’ll remove the equivalent of 60 plastic bottles (1 kilogram) from the ocean and recycle them. So how does it work? Joining forces with the ReSea Project, a market leader in the trackable removal of plastic from the ocean, will give you a QR code with every purchase which lets you see the real and significant difference you’re making. Perfect for summer, this French-style rose has notes of strawberries and cream with hints of ground spice. Shop it here.

a hand hold a bottle of rose wine inside a van.

Not sure what sustainable wine really is? Check out our easy guide here.

Image Credit: Kaitlin Maree Photography 

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