More fun with falernum.
To give the sweetener a test-run in as near-pure a situation as possible, one of my first drinks is the Corn ‘n Oil–recipe kindly provided by Slakethirst.
Corn ‘n Oil
- 1 ounce rum
- 1 ounce falernum
- 1 dash angostura bitters
Stir with ice & strain into old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice.
Slakethirst compared the flavor of this drink to a Cuba Libre; I confess I was at first skeptical of this description. But after mixing one with Mount Gay Extra (I remember reading somewhere that falernum is a Barbados thing) and Fee Bros. Aromatic Bitters, I took a sip and immediately saw how apt the comparison is. The cloves in the falernum paired with the spiciness of the bitters creates a very cola-like flavor, without the syrupy intrusion of high-fructose corn syrup. Though, as mentioned previously, this batch of falernum is really on the sweet side, so the next time around I’ll up the rum to 1.5 ounces and scale back the falernum a bit, but hopefully I won’t lose that lively interplay of flavors. Stay tuned.
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