Caribbean Inspiration: 10 Falernum Cocktails To Try

December 27, 2022 by Anna-Bet Stemmet

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If you love all things Caribbean, you will most certainly be into falernum cocktails. This versatile, alcohol-based syrup liqueur is made with sweet almonds, and comes to the party with flavors of ginger, lime, allspice, and cloves. Typically used in tiki cocktails and drinks that call for a rich and nutty component, it’s a great ingredient that both newbie cocktail enthusiasts and seasoned connoisseurs should try on for size. 

Here are a few velvet falernum cocktails to try at home if you have a bottle of the good stuff lingering in the cupboard. 

1. Zombie

Two Zombie cocktails with lime wheel garnish

The stripped-down, modern-day version of the Zombie cocktail typically leaves out falernum, since it’s not something that everyone has in their liquor cabinet. However, if you really want to push out the boat the next time you whip up this rum-based party-starter, we highly recommend that you add 0.5 oz of falernum to the mix. The sweet, nutty finish is something quite amazing. 

2. Well Oiled Mai Tai

A prettily garnished Well Oiled Mai Tai cocktail on a dark background

The classic Mai Tai is a very rum-forward drink, with hints of sweet orange liqueur and a subtle tartness from the lime juice. To make the Well Oiled Mai Tai, this tropical base is adapted to include a few more island-style flavors. The recipe calls for 2 oz Appleton Estate Rum, 0.25 oz falernum, 0.5 oz orgeat syrup, 0.75 oz lime juice, and 2 dashes of bitters. This is shaken with ice and strained into a cocktail glass filled with crushed ice.  

3. Three Dots & A Dash

Three dots and a dash

The Three Dots & A Dash is perhaps one of the most whimsical tiki cocktails out there. Garnished with three Luxardo cherries or blueberries on a cocktail skewer to represent three Morse code dots and a dash (representing V for victory), it’s a WWII cocktail that remains popular to this day.  

The recipe for this velvet falernum cocktail combines 1.5  oz Martinique Trois Rivières rum, 0.5 oz Appleton Estate rum, 0.25 oz falernum, 0.25 oz allspice dram, 0.5 oz honey syrup, 0.5 oz lime juice, 0.5 oz orange juice, and a dash of bitters. This is all blended with crushed ice, and served with the iconic garnish. 

4. Saturn

Saturn Cocktail on a Tiki bar

If a falernum gin cocktail sounds like a total vibe, you’ve got to try the Saturn cocktail. This intensely layered drink combines Bulldog Gin, lemon juice, passion fruit syrup, orgeat, falernum, and crushed ice. Cocktails with falernum and orgeat really bring other fruity flavors in these drinks to vibrant life, so we highly recommend you try at least one. 

5. Succulent Blood

Two refreshing Succulent Blood cocktails served on a tray

Mezcal cocktails are having a major moment right now, and a mezcal falernum cocktail is something truly unique, bridging the gap between Mexican and tropical flavors most beautifully. The Succulent Blood cocktail calls for 2 oz mezcal, 1 oz blood orange juice, 0.25 oz cinnamon sugar syrup, 0.25 falernum, and 0.25 oz lime juice. This is all shaken with ice and fine-strained into chilled serving glasses. 

6. Rum Old Fashioned

Two sensational Rum Old Fashioned cocktails garnished with orange slices

The Old Fashioned is arguably one of the most suave sippers out there. The Rum Old Fashioned is a spiffy spinoff of the original, which turns it into a dapper rum and falernum cocktail. To make it, add 1.5 oz Appleton Estate Rum, 0.25 oz Trois Rivières rum, 0.25 oz falernum, 1 oz simple syrup and a dash of bitters in a mixing glass with ice. Stir to combine and fine-strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. 

7. Barbados

The Lime Daiquiri is perhaps one of the most universally beloved mixed drinks globally. If you love this drink, you will also adore the Barbados, which expands the tangy flavor profile with the addition of falernum, and favors golden rum instead of white overproof rum.  

To make this tiki cocktail with falernum, simply combine 1.5 oz Appleton Estate Rum, 1 oz falernum, and 0.75 oz fresh lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frosty, and strain into a chilled glass garnished with a lime wedge.  

8. French Maid

French Maid cocktail in a tall glass on ice garnished with cucumber and fresh mint

Cocktails with velvet falernum seldom get flirtier than the French Maid. This delightful spin-off of the popular Kentucky Maid Cocktail is the perfect choice on warm summer days when nothing will do except a tall, ice-cold cocktail that looks as refreshing as it tastes.   

9. Nuclear Banana Daiquiri

Nuclear Banana Daiquiri with falernum for extra nutty sweetness

Sweet, boozy banana milkshake, anyone? This falernum syrup cocktail is the ideal way to use overripe bananas if you’re not all that into the banana bread trend. To make it, combine half a fresh, overripe banana, 1 oz Trois Rivières rum, 0.75 oz Chartreuse liqueur, 0.75 oz falernum, and 0.75 oz lime juice in a blender with a scoop of crushed ice. Blitz and enjoy. 

10. Corn ‘n’ Oil

Similar in style to the Dark ’n Stormy, the Corn ’n’ Oil is one of those cocktails with velvet falernum that is likely to become a staunch favorite as soon as you try it. Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add 2 oz blackstrap rum, 0.5 oz falernum, 0.5 oz lime juice and 3 dashes of bitters, and stir to combine. You can add the rum last by slowly pouring it over the back of a bar spoon so that it floats on top of the drink. Garnish with a lime wedge. 


Falernum and velvet falernum are two terms that are used interchangeably to refer to a sweet syrup made with sweet almonds, and containing flavors of ginger, lime, and allspice. This alcohol-based liqueur is typically used in tiki cocktails and drinks that call for a sweet, rich and nutty component. 

Falernum is very sweet on its own, so while you can technically drink this alcoholic liqueur straight up it’s more typically used in mixed drinks like the French Maid cocktail and Zombie cocktail.  

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