Recently, I attended a dinner party hosted by FAIR Spirits to introduce me to their line of Fair Trade spirits. As with anything I eat or drink I am a fan of craft/quality and these guys hit out of the park.
FAIR Spirits is the first and only Fair Trade Certified spirits line in the world. This means they respect about 200 rules to make sure that the farmers are paid a fair price. This in-turn enables the farmers to cover their production costs, live from farming, educate their children and build schools. If you ask me that is some high business ethics right there. However, I am not here to start or get into a debate on business ethics or Fair Trade. I am here to talk about the actual spirits I tasted and enjoyed.
First, when I received the invite to the event it proudly promoted their Quinoa Vodka. Yes, you read that right I said Quinoa Vodka. Now, must say I was skeptical at first and thought to myself that vodka made with Quinoa sounds strange and also can’t be very good at all either. Luckily, I was extremely surprised and caught off guard by the quality and taste of the Quinoa Vodka along with the other spirits.
Now I am spirits expert but everyone at the event trying them for the first time was impressed. I also met several professional bartenders and restaurant owners who raved about the product and the quality. During the evening we were introduced to three different spirits: Quinoa Vodka, Goji Liquor and Cafe Liquor. All were great and smooth and I want to share with you a couple of the cocktails.
First, the Goji Royal. If you ask me you will soon see this on brunch and cocktail menus all over the place as it is very refreshing. Also, its simple to make and bartenders like easy drinks. To make one:
In a champagne flute combine:
– 0.75 ounces of Goji Liquor
– Then fill the flute to the top with Champagne or Prosecco.
– Garnish with a sliver of lemon peel or even a fresh Goji Berry.
Lastly, enjoy! But be warned these are easy drinking and you can put it down them fast if not careful.
The second unique drink of the night that truly stood out to me was the Cucumber Cooler.
I have noticed the cucumber becoming a trend in the cocktail world and when down right I can see why.
To make a cucumber cooler:
In a shaker combine:
– 1 inch cucumber
– 1/4 oz simple syrup
– 1/4 oz lemon juice
– Pinch of salt
– Then muddle them all together in the shaker
After muddling add:
– 2 ounces of FAIR Quinoa Vodka
– Shake it, and serve in a Martini glass with
a garnish of a a cucumber slice on the glass.
It is another well balanced drink and went great as a contrast to my Chili Shrimp Appetizer, which had some great spice to it.
I assure you that if you find it and try it you will not be disappointed with the quality and what it adds to your beverages.
And that’s … From My Mellin!
The label for the Quinoa Vodka has changed here is an image of the new label!