5 Easy Rum Cocktails at Home with Falernum

What is Falernum?

In this weeks video, I wanted to take a look at one of my favourite Rum Cocktail ingredients. Falernum! So what you may be thinking is Falernum?! In simple terms, Falernum is an alcoholic Syrup, traditionally from the Caribbean with many ilands having their own recipes for it. But the big famous one is Bajan. That's Barbados to you and me.

Falernum Flavours can vary a little, but in the main, it is a Limey Citrus Liqueur with Almond, Clove, Ginger and Nutmeg amongst other native island spices. Take my 2 brands for example. One Bajan. One actually German. The Bajan one, John D Taylor's Velvet Falernum is a lower ABV and not as punchy on the Spice. There's definitely Lime and Almond and a touch of Cinnamon. However the German Brand, The Bitter Truth, the Ginger really outpunches the Citrus and Almond and gives a very different finish.

Are they Interchangebale?


Do they give the same results in Cocktails?

No. Nooooooo. Nope!

Which Falernum is best?

Honestly, I love them both. As long as you understand the difference and what finish you're looking for, both will serve you equally well!

So let's crack on with the Cocktails;

Easy Rum Cocktail Recipes with Falernum;

Corn n Oil

Glass; Tin Can Glass

45ml Plantation Barbados Rum

15ml John D Taylors Velvet Falernum

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

15ml Plantation OFTD Rum Floated

Garnish; Lime

Rum Swizzle

Glass; Tiki Old Fashioned

60ml Plantation Barbados Rum

22.5ml John D Taylors Velvet Falernum

10ml Lime Juice

10ml Lemon Juice

15ml Muscovado Syrup

1 dash Angostura Bitters

Garnish; Mint, Dehydrated Lime

StB Mai Tai

Glass; Soho Julep

30ml Plantation Barbados Rum

30ml Plantation Stiggins Fancy Pineapple Rum

10ml Plantation OFTD Rum

15ml Giffard Caribbean Pineapple

10ml Orgeat Syrup

15ml John D Taylors Velvet Falernum

2 Dashes Ms Betters Pineapple & Star Anise Bitters

Garnish; Pineapple Leaves, Dehydrated Pineapple

Jungle Hunt

Glass; Ypsilon Double Old Fashioned