Homemade Falernum

Homemade Falernum

Munktiki Johnny Ku

Munktiki Johnny Ku

Falernum is a complex spicy aromatic syrup commonly used in tiki cocktails. There are a few commercial falernum products available but most are excessively sweet and not nearly as nuanced as this simple recipe. Don’t be intimidated by the two-day process, active time spent on this recipe is only about 30 minutes.

Falernum #9

  • Zest of 9 limes, with all traces of white pith removed
  • 40 whole cloves
  • 1.5 ounces fresh ginger, peeled and julienned
  • 2 tbls blanched slivered almonds, toasted
  • 6 ounces 151 rum
  • 14 ounces cold process 2:1 simple syrup (see below for recipe)
  • .25 tsp almond extract
  • 4.5 ounces fresh lime juice
Lime Zest

Lime Zest

Step 1: Place the lime zest, rum, ginger, cloves, and toasted almonds in a clean mason jar and shake vigorously to combine. Press solids down until covered by rum and let stand for 24 hours.

Step 2: Strain the mixture through damp cheesecloth, squeezing until no liquid remains. Discard solids.

Step 3: Place the strained solids in a clean glass jar. Add the simple syrup, almond extract, and lime juice. Shake to combine. Store in the refrigerator up to 1 month. Makes about 24 ounces.

This falernum is so delicious that if it wasn’t for the 151 base I would top it with soda water and call it pop! Try it in the Chartreuse Swizzle or the Mai Tai Swizzle.

Source: Beachbum Berry Remixed by Jeff Berry

Homemade Orgeat & Falernum

Homemade Falernum on Left (Homemade Orgeat on Right)

Easiest Cold-Process Simple Syrup

The other day I was grinding table sugar in my Vitamix to create superfine sugar, which dissolves more easily when making cold-process simple syrup. It suddenly occurred to me that the entire activity could be done in my blender.

Cold-Process 2:1 Syrup:

  • 4 cups table sugar
  • 2 cups warm water

Place sugar in high-performance blender and pulverize on high about 20 seconds. Add the water and continue to blend on high until all the sugar has dissolved. Store in a clean glass bottle in the fridge.

This method is so quick and easy and successful that I suspect I will never make basic simple syrup on the stove again!

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