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Falernum discussion beginning[edit]

Falernum is a sweet syrup used in Tropical and Caribbean drinks. It contains flavors of almond, ginger and/or cloves, and lime, and sometimes vanilla or allspice. It is used in cocktails in a manner similar to orgeat syrup. The syrup form is usually non-alcoholic. The consistency is thick, the color can be white to light amber, and it may be clear or translucent.

Falernum may owe its name to the Roman wine of Campania: "Falernian".

Some reports have the origination of Falernum dated back to the 1700's, but the earliest known reference in bar manuals seems to be the 1930s. One producer (see below) claims their recipe to date to 1890, winning awards as early as 1923. Famous drinks including Falernum include:

Bermuda Rum Swizzle Captain's Blood Cocktail Frosty Dawn Jamaican Coke Key Cocktail Port Antonio Cocktail some Rum Collins variations and the White Lion among others.

Falernum is also an alcoholic sweet liqueur made from rum in Barbados. Similar to other after-dinner aperatifs, it can be drunk on the rocks or used in cocktails. Sometimes Grenadine or orgeat has been used as a substitute, but neither has the complexity and undertones of flavor of falernum.

Sazerac Co. made Falernum for a long time, but dropped production due to lack of sales. DaVinciGourmet and Fee Brothers produce non-alcoholic versions, and John D. Taylor's Velvet Falernum is a nationally distributed alcoholic brand distributed by the Spirit of Hartford, Avon, CT, U.S.A.


see: CocktailDB DrinkBoy VelvetFalernum

If anyone has any questions about Falernum, or wants drink recipes, I'd be happy to help...—Preceding unsigned comment added by WineMate (talkcontribs) 12:46, 8 December 2005

Commas and appropriate intervals[edit]

Someone needs to go into the following sentence and insert commas and appropriate intervals: "Bermuda Rum Swizzle Captain's Blood Cocktail Frosty Dawn Jamaican Coke Key Cocktail Port Antonio Cocktail" —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 02:36, 9 January 2006

Commas Added and a UK contact for Falernum or Velvet Falernum added —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 12:42, 7 February 2006

The ingredients given here sound a bit more like Ginger Beer??[edit]

The ingredients given here sound a bit more like how to make Ginger beer. The cloves and allspice when mixed with a hint of black pepper makes people #1)thursty and #2)addicted to Ginger beer over the next few days. CaribDigita 04:27, 1 August 2006 (UTC)

Falernum and falernum liqueur[edit]

Falernum and falernum liqueur are, I'm reasonably sure, the same thing. The only difference is alcohol content. I suggest deleting most of the "falernum liqueur" section. Le poulet noir 20:12, 14 February 2007 (UTC) ==Falernum== a most delicious mixer for any liquor companion. Works with vodka, gin, or rum. Specialty of the Zig Zag Bar in Seattle!

I believe they are the same too. Falernum doesn't taste like it has alcohol. It is very sweet tasting and used as a drink mixer but the alcohol *is* very much in there. John D. Taylor Velvet Falernum and R. L. Seale & Co. Ltd. are both products of Barbados. CaribDigita (talk) 21:33, 13 February 2010 (UTC)


Does it have sugar in it? This should be mentioned in the article. Badagnani (talk) 23:29, 15 July 2008 (UTC)


I don't know that it's vandalism, but it's not accurate, and it seems mischievous at best. First, there is a Wikipedia article on "All the Year Round" that could be applied to the text of the title. Second, the writing in 1892 certainly was not by Dickens, as indicated in the Wikipedia article on "All the Year Round." Dickens was not writing 20 years after his death. There is no reference to Dickens' death in writing about Falernum. Click through to see the full page 257 here: Danchall (talk) 03:14, 14 January 2016 (UTC)