falernum and ice, awaiting delicious rum and bitters. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Falernum is a sweetened lime and spice concoction that was created in Barbados. You’ll see both syrups and liqueurs referred to as falernum, but the key ingredients are always lime zest, cloves, and sugar—usually combined with ginger and almonds or almond extract. The alcoholic version is made with over proof rum.
Falernum is indispensable in Tiki drinks, brightening the sour notes of citrus and adding a hint of rich spice. But it also plays well with slightly bitter flavors. If you’re at all interested in Tiki cocktails, this stuff is a must-have for your home bar.
My Tie Cocktail
3 oz. Appeleton Reserve rum
1/2 oz. house-made falernum
1/2 oz. Cointreau
juice of half a pink grapefruit
juice of half a lime
barspoon of absinth.
Shake vigorously and strain into a Collins glass over crushed ice. Stir to settle. Fill with crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and a straw.