Fair And Warmer Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Fair And Warmer is a classic cocktail hailing from the early 20th century. It's a lesser-known gem that combines the warmth of rum with the sweet and herbal notes of vermouth and orange curacao.

  • Origins: Believed to have been created during the Prohibition era.
  • Popularity: A favorite among rum enthusiasts and those who appreciate vintage cocktails.
  • Occasions: Perfect for a cozy evening or a sophisticated gathering.

How Fair And Warmer Tastes?

The Fair And Warmer cocktail is a harmonious blend of sweet, herbal, and citrus flavors. The light rum provides a smooth base, the sweet vermouth adds a complex herbal touch, and the orange curacao offers a subtle fruity sweetness.

Interesting facts about Fair And Warmer

  • The name 'Fair And Warmer' is often associated with pleasant weather, suggesting this cocktail is ideal for sipping on a nice day.
  • It's a stirred cocktail, which means it's designed to be smooth and well-integrated.
  • The drink is part of the 'aromatic cocktail' family due to its vermouth content.


  • Ice cubes: As needed
  • Light rum: 1.33 oz(40ml)
  • Sweet vermouth: 0.67 oz(20ml)
  • Orange curacao: 0.2 oz(6ml)

Ice Cubes

The unsung heroes of cocktails, ice cubes chill the drink and help blend flavors without diluting them too quickly. Without ice, your drink would be room temperature, and let’s face it—that’s just not cool.

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Light Rum

At 1.33 oz, light rum gives the Fair And Warmer its smooth, clean base. Too much rum, and you’ll overpower the other ingredients; too little, and the drink lacks backbone. Skip this, and you’re not making a cocktail—you’re making a sad, rum-less sigh.

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Sweet Vermouth

Sweet vermouth, at 0.67 oz, brings an herbaceous complexity that plays second fiddle to the rum like a virtuoso. More vermouth would swing the flavor profile toward Manhattan territory; less, and it might as well be whispering in a hurricane.

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Orange Curaçao

A dash at 0.2 oz gives a hint of orange zestiness. It’s the little detail that turns a tune into a symphony. If you leave out the curaçao, it’s like forgetting the cherry on top—disappointing. Swap it for triple sec for a similar but slightly sweeter citrus kick.

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Recipe. How to make Fair And Warmer Drink

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add 1.33 oz of light rum, 0.67 oz of sweet vermouth, and 0.2 oz of orange curacao.
  3. Stir the mixture until well-chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh ice when stirring to ensure the cocktail is properly chilled without being overly diluted.
  • For a clearer cocktail, consider using a fine mesh strainer when pouring into the glass.
  • Chill the cocktail glass before serving to keep the drink colder for longer.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Platter: A selection of cheeses, especially those with a bit of a bite like Manchego or aged Cheddar, complement the herbal notes of sweet vermouth.
  • Grilled Shrimp: The citrus hint from the orange curaçao can enhance lighter seafood dishes, like grilled shrimp.
  • Roasted Nuts: Salted almonds or cashews can bring out the rich and warm notes of the rum.


  • Chocolate Orange Desserts: The combination of chocolate and orange always works wonders and it echoes the orange curaçao in the drink.
  • Vanilla Flavored Desserts: The sweetness from vanilla-based desserts can be a nice balance to the bitterness of the vermouth.

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What you could change in Fair And Warmer

  • Light Rum: Can be substituted with another type of rum, like white rum, if light rum is not available.
  • Sweet Vermouth: Dry vermouth can be used for a less sweet profile, but it will change the character of the drink.
  • Orange Curacao: Triple sec or Cointreau can be used as alternatives, although they may be slightly less complex.

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And of course - twists🍹

Smoky And Warmer

Swap the light rum for a measure of smoky mezcal. Add a dash of simple syrup to keep the balance.

  • Ingredients: Mezcal, sweet vermouth, orange curaçao, simple syrup.
  • Recipe: Instead of rum, use mezcal. Stir well and garnish with a twist of orange peel for an extra smoky citrus aroma.

This twist adds a layer of smokiness that complements the sweetness of the curaçao and vermouth, creating a more complex and intriguing version of the original.

Spicy And Warmer

Infuse the light rum with chili peppers for a spicy kick.

  • Ingredients: Chili-infused rum, sweet vermouth, orange curaçao.
  • Recipe: Infuse the rum by soaking chili peppers in it for a few hours and then follow the original recipe.

The kick of the chili breathes fire into the cocktail, offering a piquant contrast to the sweet and herbs.

Herbal And Warmer

Use an herbal liqueur like Chartreuse instead of sweet vermouth.

  • Ingredients: Light rum, Chartreuse, orange curaçao.
  • Recipe: Substitute the sweet vermouth with an equal measure of green Chartreuse and mix.

This herby twist will bring a pronounced botanical note and a slightly stronger alcohol punch to our Fair And Warmer.

In case you forgot basics how to make Fair And Warmer

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Fair And Warmer

How do I properly stir a cocktail?

To properly stir a cocktail, fill your mixing glass with ice and use a long-handled bar spoon. Move the spoon in a gentle, circular motion, smoothly around the glass's perimeter to chill the drink without diluting it overly.

What's the difference between shaking and stirring a cocktail?

Shaking blends ingredients more vigorously, introducing air and creating a frothy texture, which is ideal for cocktails with citrus or cream. Stirring gently combines ingredients while maintaining clarity and a smoother texture, suitable for spirit-forward cocktails.

Can I make a Fair And Warmer cocktail in a larger batch?

Yes, you can multiply the recipe ingredients by the number of desired servings and mix in a larger vessel. Be sure to adjust the chilling and serving method to maintain the right dilution and temperature.

What type of glass should a Fair And Warmer be served in?

A Fair And Warmer is traditionally served in a chilled cocktail glass, also known as a martini glass.

Are there any non-alcoholic substitutions for the Fair And Warmer?

While it's a cocktail that relies on its spirit components, a non-alcoholic version might use non-alcoholic rum and vermouth alternatives with a splash of orange-flavored syrup or juice.

How do I select a good sweet vermouth for this cocktail?

Look for a vermouth with a balanced profile of sweetness and botanicals. High-quality brands typically offer more complexity, which can enhance the layers of flavor in cocktails like the Fair And Warmer.

What are some common garnishes for vintage rum cocktails?

Vintage rum cocktails are often garnished with citrus peels, like orange or lemon, cherries, or even a sprig of mint to complement the drink's flavors.

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