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Local Libations: Blue Quintini

2011 May 20

By Brianna Bain


Being in the business of talking about good food that is good for you and good for the planet has its perks. A dear friend recently gifted me a bottle of vodka that he thought would sing a similar tune of goodness. Relaying off of Andrew’s vodka based Heliotrope seemed a perfect opportunity to crack it open and play.

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The vodka I am using today is not local, it’s Fair Trade and organic which falls into the ‘good for you’ category on a social and environmental level. FAIR offers the first line of Fair Trade certified spirits which include Quinoa, Goji and Café. Their motto: Think Human, Drink Fair. With values that include, partnership, sustainable development, solidarity, fairness and organic agriculture, FAIR brings the best French distillers to local cooperatives in developing countries to create the finest spirits possible.

In 2009 FAIR. Quinoa was introduced, it was the first Quinoa-based Vodka but also the first fairtrade certified™ vodka in the world. I thought a vodka martini would be a fitting way to showcase this unique and award winning vodka. Straight up with three homemade blue cheese olives. I zipped down to my local market where I picked up a can of California grown pitted green olives from Santa Barbara Olive Co. and a hunk of Pt. Reyes  Blue cheese made nearby in beautiful Pt. Reyes CA, one of my favorite places on the west coast.  With in a few minutes I had built several stuffed olives and had poured myself a tasty FAIR and local-tini that I’m calling…

Blue Quintini

Prep time: 10 minutes (if stuffing olives)

Yield: 1

Tools: shaker, cocktail skewer, knife, 1 oz shot glass


  • 1.5 oz FAIR Quinoa Vodka
  • 3 Green Olives
  • 1 oz-2 oz Blue Cheese
  • Splash of Vermouth
  • ice


  1. Using a knife stuff olives with blue cheese, pack until pitted cavity if overflowing. This can be done in advanced and stored in refrigerator.
  2. In a shaker add handful of ice.
  3. Add vodka and splash of vermouth – may add more depending on flavor preference.
  4. Shake vigorously.
  5. Pour into martini glass and garish with fresh blue cheese stuffed olives.