More than skimming the surface. #CocktailsForCleanups.

It is more than a hashtag. It goes deeper than our ongoing preservation efforts at the distillery. It is our commitment to remove 75,000 pounds of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways.

The easiest way to help us create change is by ordering or mixing your favorite Maker's® drink and posting a photo of it on social media with #CocktailsForCleanups. Read on to get more involved.

Jumping in with both feet.

If you're ready to get your hands dirty – or wet, in this case – consider joining a cleanup in your area through our partner, United By Blue. United By Blue is hosting at least 15 cleanups around the country. Games, giveaways and cleanup supplies will be provided.

Find a nearby cleanup and register here.

Or purchase a DIY cleanup kit if there are no events near you.

There are more ways you can help. Did you know each item you purchase through United By Blue will result in one pound of trash being removed from our waterways? Grab some great products while contributing to a cause that has already removed more than 1.5 million pounds of trash from the world's waterways.

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Ready to try #CocktailsForCleanups?

Looking for a great cocktail to go with a great cause? This time of year, there's nothing better than a Mint Julep made with Maker's Mark®. Here's one of our favorite recipes. Remember to share a photo of your Mint Julep with #CocktailsForCleanups.

Classic Mint Julep

With pronounced sugar and mint notes, the Mint Julep is one of our favorite bourbon cocktails and a natural match for warmer weather, horse races and good company.

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Maker's Mark Bourbon
  • 1/2 part simple syrup
  • Fresh mint leaves
Sweeten the deal
You want simple? In a sauce pan, dissolve a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water together over medium heat and cool. Double the sugar for thicker syrup.
Muddle gently
Avoid over-muddling or using too much force. Bruising your mint can result in unwanted bitterness.
Give it a slap
Slapping the mint against your wrist or hand before using it as a garnish can actually stimulate its fragrance.
Julep cups
Like many cocktails, the vessel you serve it in can enhance the experience. Pewter julep cups look beautiful frosted over when filled with crushed ice and should be held from the top or bottom.
Use a straw
The straw was invented so folks could more easily – and gracefully – enjoy their Mint Juleps. We encourage this, but please consider a reusable or biodegradable version.

How to

  1. Add all mint and syrup to a julep cup.
  2. Gently muddle mint to express the oils.
  3. Add crushed ice.
  4. Pour Maker's Mark over (preferably crushed) ice.
  5. Stir and garnish with a mint sprig.

Mint Juleps are definitely one of the more camera-ready concoctions. Be sure to share yours on social media while helping a great cause. Use #CocktailForCleanups when you post.

What 75,000 pounds of trash looks like.

We recently supported a major initiative to replace straws in cocktails, helping to keep plastic out of our waterways. It seemed like the least we could do, given that the straw was invented for use with the Mint Julep. This year, we're diving deeper. To get an idea of the scope of this goal, try scrolling through the sea of factoids below.

8 million tons of plastic enters our oceans per year

91% of plastic does not get recycled

44% of sea life has ingested plastic

75,000 pounds is roughly equivalent to: 81 million plastic straws

6 million plastic shopping bags

2.3 million aluminum soft drink cans

700,000+ plastic take-out containers

7,500,000 paper napkins

3,750,000 empty plastic water bottles

Thanks for taking the plunge.

Here's to better cocktails and a better world. This initiative will be active into the coming months, so check back for rotating cocktail recipes. Thanks for helping create change by posting your drink photos with #CocktailsForCleanups. Consider joining a cleanup in your area with United By Blue.

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