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Taylors Velvet Falernum Liqueur is a famous Bajan alcoholic mixer which was first first created by John D Taylor of Bridgetown in 1890. Today it is made by R L Seale & Co Ltd at the Foursquare Distillery in Barbados.
A Falernum can be a syrup or a liqueur, i.e. non alcoholic or alcoholic, but it it always made with a base of lime and sugar as a base with other ingredients added for flavouring. Taylors Velvet Falernum Liqueur is a is a blend of fine cane syrup, Barbados rum, lime juice, water and essence of almond and clove and is bottled at 11% abv. Other Falernums might include ingredients such as ginger, vanilla or allspice. It is not disimilar to almond based Orgeat syrups. Taylors Velvet Falernum is now a staple of every Barbados bar but it is based on old traditional recipes. The apocryphal story goes that when a tourist to Barbados asked a local woman or bartender for the ingredients for Falernum, they were answered in a broad Bajan dialect, “Haf a learn um” i.e. you have to learn them!
Taylors Velvet Falernum Liqueur is a sweet, syrup like mixer that is the base for many Caribbean Tiki drinks and cocktails. Being rum-based Taylors Velvet Falernum Liqueur is an ideal mixer for rum-based cocktails but it also goes great with gin, vodka and bourbon, however it can also be drunk neat or on the rocks. The most famous cocktails that call for Falernum include the Barbados Rum Swizzle, Mai Tai, Zombie, Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and the Corn ‘n’ Oil.
Corn ‘n’ Oil Recipe
1 oz Good Bajan Golden or Dark Rum, Doorly’s 5 Year Old
1 oz Taylors Velvet Falernum
Dash of Angostura Bitters
Lime Wedge, for Garnish
Mix all the ingredients together in a highball or rocks glass, stir and squeeze the lime wedge to release a little juice and use for garnish. Barbados in a glass.