In this article, The Ecologist, gives many statistics about how much water goes into the distillation of spirits in the UK, and indicates that Europe is embracing organic spirits and locally sourced cocktail ingredients.
Don’t let ordering “eco-friendly cocktails” scare you. You won’t automatically give the waiter the third degree about exactly what farm the basil garnish was picked from. A virtual compost pile won’t mysteriously accumulate in your back yard and it’s unlikely that you’ll suddenly start sporting a sticker on your waterbottle that indicates you biked to work that day…
These new organically sourced cocktails are actually noted to taste better, so even if you do find yourself tie-dying your old sheet set and moving into a commune, you’ll still be drinking quality beverages all the while. Not to mention a lot of craft spirits can be found right in your backyard, so making the choice to drink local is much more delicious.
How To Give Your Cocktail a Green-Over, The Ecologist