Harness The Sun For Adult Beverages


Green Blizzard’s is always looking for ways to help readers whittle down their personal carbon footprints with insights and information to make smarter, less environmentally impacting consumer decisions. Our governments can only do so much, and as citizens we need to compliment these broad-reaching pubic efforts with everyday minor civic choices of our own.

Who knew that you could reduce your carbon footprint with an alcoholic beverage? As it turns out, you can harness the sun for adult beverages.

Not everything you eat has to be cooked using your stove or oven and enlarging your carbon footprint.  Reduce your carbon footprint with these two recipes that harness the power of the sun.  You can do it year-round, on any sunny warm spot.

So you’ve already tried some of our sun powered recipes for Sun Tea;  and in the process you reduced your carbon footprint; and drank the fruits of your labor.  Everyone loves how easy it is to harness solar power to prepare some dishes.

Now you are probably ready to move on to something bigger and better.

How about making your own flavored BRANDY

Now you’ll have a delicious cherry flavored brandy kissed by the sun to keep you warm over the winter. It can help with indigestion, cramps, and getting to sleep at night, or you can use it to liven up your night as well! 

You can use try your own experiments and use raspberries, blackberries, etc.

Ingredients: One pound of cherries, 1 cup of sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks, 12 cloves

ProceSun Brandydure: Empty the glass jar in a pan, Add 2 cups of regular brandy, Bring contents of pan to a boil, cook for 2-3 minutes, Remove and drain through a cheese cloth(to remove cloves, berries etc), Once this is done leave in the sun from 1 to 8 weeks. The sun will create a decadent heavy syrup which can be used for all sorts of things.

No really interested in making brandy? Try making jam, instead….

In the glass jar you leave in the sun above, add an extra half cup of sugar and leave out the cinnamon and cloves. After it’s been in the sun remove and put the contents in a pan with a cup or so of water(depending on how thick you want your jam). Then cook on low heat for 10-20 minutes until the cherries are soft and enjoy your all natural, homemade jam.

Don’t forget to remove the pits at some point though or you might take an unexpected trip to the dentist !!

Other Green Blizzard insights on healthy, organic eating, while producing less carbon, reducing your carbon footprint: Benefits of Local Organic Produce,  Organic Foods – Candid InsightsCarbon Impact of Meats,  Coolest Kid at the Lunch Table,  Growing Basil – Enviro Benefits


About the author

John R. Garnet

John's work in the energy market fostered his interest in the environment. He recently completed his graduate work at George Mason University, But more interestingly, John has a passion for food and cooking and to provides some light-hearted tips to make people's lives greener while enjoy the good life with everyday practical tips from brewing tea, growing basil, or drinking raw milk.