With Earth Day just around the corner, here are some entertaining tips for hosting a sustainable, yet stylish affair. Follow our advice, and you will see that being eco-chic can be good for the planet, as well as your pocketbook!
The brightness of an Apple Sour is the perfect cocktail for an eco-chic gathering. Mix Stirrings® Apple Martini Mixer with Smirnoff Sours Green Apple for a sweet signature drink that has just the right amount of sour flavor. For a non-alcoholic option, mix Stirrings® Apple Martini Mixer and Stirrings® Lemon Drop Mixer with club soda for a refreshing springtime fizz.
When designing your spring menu, think about sourcing your ingredients from your local greenmarket, which will feature products from small family run farms and food purveyors. Your produce, cheese, meat and fish will likely be fresher since it’s traveled a shorter distance to reach your table.
Let the seasonal offerings of the greenmarket inspire you to create your own farm table filled with all natural cured meats, artisan cheeses, organic fruits and vegetables, homemade preserves and freshly baked breads.
Serving a whole poached salmon with fennel and lemon looks elegant on your buffet table and easily feeds a group. A savory pasta salad with arugula, tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and fresh mozzarella is a simple dish that can be served at room temperature.
The first rule of eco-chic entertaining is to reuse what you already have! Don’t rush out to buy occasion specific tableware or unnecessary gadgets. Instead, get a little creative with repurposing everyday items for your event.
Empty tea canisters can make unique vessels for flower arrangements, while mismatched glassware can be grouped together for an original way to display vegetables or snack food, such as nuts and popcorn.
Instead of centerpieces of cut flowers, which can be expensive and wasteful, try using potted plants, which last longer and can even be given to guests as parting gifts! Small potted herbs in terracotta look and smell amazing, and you’re your dinner table a rustic look.
Or, use fruits and vegetables to decorate your dinner table. A clear vase filled with lemons and limes is a modern and chic way to bring a pop of color into the room. Another eco-chic trick is to use vegetables as vessels to present food. Bell peppers can be cut in half and filled with dip for a vegetable platter. Small squash can be hollowed out and used for soup bowls. Eco-chic is all about creativity!
COCKTAIL Apple Sour
- 3 oz. Stirrings® Apple Martini Mixer
- 1.5 oz. Smirnoff Sours Green Apple
Place a slice of green apple in a martini glass. Shake the Smirnoff Sours Green Apple and the Stirrings® Apple Martini Mixer over ice and strain into the martini glass.
MOCKTAIL Green Apple Spritzer
- 1.5 oz. Stirrings® Apple Martini Mixer
- 1.5 oz. Stirrings® Lemon Drop Martini Mixer
- Splash of lemon-flavored soda water
Fill a tall glass with ice and apple slices. Pour in the Stirrings® Apple Martini Mixer and the Stirrings® Lemon Drop Mixer. Top with the lemon flavored soda water. Yum!