In A Nutshell
Tea, coffee, chocolate, fruit, honey, biscuits, sweets… there’s a whole lot of Fairtrade food and drink out there, so it’s nice to also see a spirits brand proudly sporting the Fairtrade Certification Mark.
What they say
“FAIR. is the first Fair Trade premium spirits brand in the world. All our spirits are produced from Fair Trade Certified™ ingredients and comply with organic farming methods.”
What We Say:
The whole Fairtrade thing is particularly appealing with these products and makes for a warm feeling inside even before tasting. The vodka is very smooth indeed making it easy drinking and a nice base for cocktails. The Goji Liqueur, however, didn’t quite do it for me. There was something of the medicinal about it which I just couldn’t get away from. Maybe it’s better just used sparingly as an ingredient. My favourite from the three was definitely the Café Liqueur. It had a really rich depth of flavour and wasn’t too sweet. It also combined well with the vodka in the recommended White Russian for a tasty after dinner drink.
It’s great that this brand is building their offering around Fairtrade but the products still have to taste good. The vodka is smooth, has a nice mouth feel and a lovely clean finish. It also made an agreeable martini. The Goji Liqueur meanwhile is very rich and probably something of an acquired taste. I wouldn’t drink it straight but it worked well enough in the recommended Gojellini. As for the the Café Liqueur it had a nice natural feel to it tasting of freshly brewed good quality coffee. I particularly liked it straight at room temperature and it would be great with ice after dinner. I’ll also be giving a go in a Vodka Espresso.
FAIR. Quinoa Vodka is the first spirit of its kind to be made from quinoa, a grain-like crop, despite having been first cultivated by the Incas some 5000 years ago in the Andes mountain range.
2 spoons of Fairtrade certified sugar
5cl of FAIR. Quinoa Vodka
Cut the 1/2 lime in 4 and crush in a mortar with the sugar. Top with crushed ice and add the FAIR. quinoa vodka. Shake well and serve with two short straws.
2cl FAIR. Goji Liqueur
7 cl champagne
Pour the FAIR. Goji Liqueur, then pour the champagne.
4 cl FAIR. Quinoa Vodka
8 cl FAIR. Café Liqueur
4 cl light cream
In an old-fashioned glass, pour FAIR. Quinoa Vodka and FAIR. Café Liqueur over ice cubes, fill with light cream. Stir delicately and serve.
FAIR. Quinoa Vodka 40% ABV, £38.50 for 70cl bottle. FAIR. Goji Liqueur 22% ABV, £21 for 35cl bottle. FAIR. Café Liqueur 22% ABV, £19.50 for 35cl bottle. Available Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Whole Foods and other good stockists.