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Falernum is a sweet syrup used in Tropical and Caribbean drinks. It contains flavors of almond, ginger and/or cloves, and lime, and sometimes vanilla or allspice. It is used in cocktails in a manner similar to orgeat syrup. The syrup form is usually non-alcoholic. The consistency is thick, the color can be white to light amber, and it may be clear or translucent. Binomial name Prunus dulcis (Mill. ... Binomial name Zingiber officinale Roscoe Ginger root is used extensively as a spice in many if not most cuisines of the world. ... This article is about spices, the word clove is also used to describe a segment of a head of garlic and a clove hitch is a useful kind of knot. ... Lime has several meanings: Look up Lime in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Lime (mineral) - a group of calcium compounds and minerals in which they predominate, including: Limestone Agricultural lime - a mineral soil additive Calcium oxide (also quicklime) - a chemical compound Calcium hydroxide (also slaked lime) - a chemical compound Lime (fruit... For other uses, see vanilla (disambiguation). ... Binomial name Pimenta dioica (L.) Merr. ... In scuba diving, the word cocktail also means a hazard with diving with some rebreathers: it means a caustic solution resulting from water reaching and dissolving the absorbent. ... Orgeat syrup is a sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar and rose water/orange-flower water. ...


Falernum may owe its name to the Roman wine of Campania: "Falernian".


Some reports have the origination of Falernum dated back to the 1700's, but the earliest known reference in bar manuals seems to be the 1930s. One producer (see below) claims their recipe to date to 1890, winning awards as early as 1923. Famous drinks including Falernum include:


Bermuda Rum Swizzle, Captain's Blood Cocktail, Frosty Dawn, Jamaican Coke, Key Cocktail, Port Antonio Cocktail, some Rum Collins variations, and the White Lion among others.


Falernum is also an alcoholic sweet liqueur made from rum in Barbados. Similar to other after-dinner aperatifs, it can be drunk on the rocks or used in cocktails. Sometimes Grenadine or orgeat has been used as a substitute, but neither has the complexity and undertones of flavor of falernum.


Sazerac Co. made Falernum for a long time, but dropped production due to lack of sales. DaVinciGourmet and Fee Brothers produce non-alcoholic versions, and John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum is a nationally distributed alcoholic brand distributed by the Spirit of Hartford, Avon, CT, U.S.A.


-Kj winemate100@yahoo.com


UK Note: In the UK one of the finest examples of (Velvet) Falernum and its associated cocktails can be found at Trailer Happiness Tiki Bar on the fashionable Portobello Road, London. Here it is handmade by the manager, Julien, along with many other ingredients.


see: CocktailDB DrinkBoy VelvetFalernum


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Falernum - CookbookWiki (156 words)
Falernum is a sweet syrup used in Tropical and Caribbean drinks.
Falernum may owe its name to the Roman wine of Campania: "Falernian".
Falernum dated back to the 1700's, but the earliest known reference in bar manuals seems to be the 1930s.
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