From a Dorset distilled vodka to Mexico's purest spirit, change up your Friday tipple for a beverage that gives back to the planet.
Fair wines and spirits
The world's first range of FairTrade certified spirits, these stylishly designed bottles are made from ethically sourced ingredients – from organic sugar cane to juniper berries. Farmers are guaranteed a fair price, all agricultural practices are sustainable and the final product is distilled in France.
Established in 1995, the Freedom beer founders left London behind to set up their brewery in the country. Using sustainable production methods, (they draw spring water from their own borehole, plus all wastewater is processed through a natural reed bed system and thermal fluid heating powers the energy efficient brewhouse) they create everything with organic ingredients.
We like the Soil Association certified (and vegan) Freedom Organic Helles Lager.
The London Distillery Company
Made with ethically sourced ingredients, this distillery's products are made as sustainably as possible. Botanicals for gin are bought locally, they're aiming for 100 per cent alternative energy and all ingredients are organic.
Founded in 2011 by Darren and Nick Taylor, they began using a heat recovery distilling process, with a unique cooling water system to recover heat from the copper stills to use elsewhere. The Battersea based brewers are known for their Dodd's gin, created from juniper, angelica, fresh lime peel, bay and cardamom.
Del Maguey mezcal
Crafted from the agave plant, mezcal is like tequila's smokey sister. The Del Maguey distillery has been established for over twenty years and it's philosophy is based around original and organic processes.
From well-planned cultivation strategies and reforestation projects to social benefits such as water accessibility projects, scholarship programs and renewable energy installations, this is a drink that directly impacts it's Oaxacan surroundings.
Black Cow vodka
Turns out you can make vodka from practically anything. The dairy farmers at Black Cow Vodka figured out a way to craft the clear spirit from milk, in an attempt to diversify their business model.
First up, the milk is separated into curds and whey. The curds are pressed into cheese, while the whey is fermented into a beer, using a special yeast that converts the milk sugar into alcohol. This is then treated and expertly distilled to create vodka. After that it's triple filtered, hand bottled and finished.
Aldi Green wines
No joke. Aldi launched a range of 'green' wines this year, with a collection of eight vinos that are organic, carbon neutral or made without added sulphur. You can pick up an Organic Prosecco DOC 2016 for £7.99, created from organic cane sugar, with a back up vegan friendly ingredients list. There's also an 80 Acres Carbon Neutral Shiraz Viognier 2015, for £5.99, with plummy and dark chocolate notes.