No Corn. No Oil.

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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3 Responses to No Corn. No Oil.

  1. Wow! I read this and thought “no way! That is too simple to be any good.”

    Well, it is going to get a place in the regular rotation on my Home-Bar. Thank you for the recipe. The next one I pout I am going to see what an Orange Bitters brings to the mix….

  2. Task Dillinger says:

    Just made this with Wray & Nephew Overproof White Rum & John D. Taylor’s Falernum. Very very nice.

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