Climate, Cocktails, & Conversation

Two years ago, Green Energy Ohio started our own online version of a “Climate Change Book Club,” because we know that education is a crucial tool in our fight to address the climate crisis. As we begin 2021, we are introducing a new, more interactive format for our Book Club Members: Quarterly virtual conversations about climate-focused books with special guests!

For our first meeting, we will be joined by our event co-host, Citizens Climate Lobby Cleveland, to discuss Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush. Because book clubs in non-COVID times often involve tasty beverages as well, we’ll be joined by Cleveland Whiskey, an Ohio-based distiller, who will stir up specialty themed cocktail and mocktail recipes.

One of GEO’s many New Year’s resolutions is to explore new ways of engaging our members and supporters. We also know that many of you have personally resolved to read more books in 2021. Let’s both check one of the resolutions off our list together, in a fun and interactive way. Mix a cocktail and get ready to stir up some conversation!

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The Icebreaker Cocktail Recipe

Muddle the following into a shaker tin without ice

  1. 1 ½ oz Wheat Penny Bourbon (skip this ingredient for mocktails!)
  2. 1 ½ oz fresh lime juice
  3. 1 oz Peach Mango V-8
  4. ½ oz raw sugar syrup. Recipe below*
  5. 2 thin slices of fresh cucumber

Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice, then top with a spicy ginger beer (Cock’n’Bull recommended). Garnish with a sprig or two of fresh mint, clapped between your hands to release the aromas!

*Raw sugar Syrup recipe:

Ingredients: 2 parts, by mass, Sugar in the Raw (AKA demerara sugar, turbinado sugar) 1 part, by mass, water Place water in a saucepan, bring to a boil, remove from heat and add sugar. Stir to combine. Let rest until it comes down to room temperature and all sugar dissolves. Transfer to container and store for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

About Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

In Rising, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through some of the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area. For many of the plants, animals, and humans in these places, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place. Weaving firsthand testimonials from those facing this choice with profiles of wildlife biologists, activists, and other members of these vulnerable communities, Rising amplifies the voices of those who are on the front lines of climate change in this country.