FAIR. Café Liqueur and a Coffee/Bourbon Cocktail

We’re not usually into coffee liqueurs, but then one day Rachel almost literally stumbled across a tasting at our local liquor store.  She was killing time looking at bar supplies while I was being fickle about which spirit to bring to our own whiskey party when a French guy asked her, “Would you like to sample some free alcohol?”  The answer is always yes.  The samples were from a company called FAIR., which makes fair trade Quinoa Vodka, Goji Liqueur, and this wonderful Café Liqueur.  As soon as we tasted it, we knew it not only had a spot in our home bar, but we’d have to find a place for it in a bourbon cocktail.  It is so smooth and has a rich coffee flavor that is more iced mocha than alcohol without any of that strange aftertaste that other coffee liqueurs have.  FAIR. Café Liqueur with ice makes a wonderful dessert drink.

For the cocktail, we knew we’d be using FAIR. liqueur and bourbon, and we just had to find the third ingredient.  We were thinking citrus, so the simple thing was to add orange bitters.  The idea of reminded us of chocolate oranges, which are delicious, so we went ahead and mixed one up.  We didn’t know what to call it, though.  I’ve just been referring it as “roasted bourbon.”


Roasted Bourbon
2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. FAIR. Café Liqueur
2-3 dashes orange bitters

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass or shaker with ice, stir until combined, and strain into a coupe glass.  Garnish with an orange twist. 


It’s so easy to make and tasty to drink.  We used Rock Hill Farms bourbon because its vanilla and caramel flavors complemented the coffee richness perfectly.  The orange bitters add a nice light punch as well.

August 23, 2012 | Comments | Permalink |

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