Make your own Falernum and Spice Rum. Thats the message in this episode of ZTL podcast. Just before heading off on an Alaskan cruise, Sunshine jumped behind the bar to record this quick little show. With fall approaching its a great time to spice some of your own rum and why not try making falernum at the same time. These two infusions are essential in tiki mixology and by making your own version you can assume more control over the flavor profile of your cocktails.
Lets start with spiced rum. Sunshines recipe is right here in this convenient how to video. Watch it and try making your own spiced rum. Plus! Sunshine shares lots of ways to use spiced rum on this episode of ZTL.
About 8 years ago we started playing with falernum recipes here in the lounge. We found that the best starting point came from the falernum #8 recipe on the Cocktail Chronicles site. And we still recommend people use this as a great way to get off to a good start making your own classic falernum. After all these years Sunshine Tiki has adjusted this recipe to his liking, adding more almond and more ginger with a little less clove. Try falernum #8 the way it is or try Sunshines version. Then, don't hesitate to adjust these more to your preferences. It is recommended you try one of these recipes before tweaking. Just like cooking it is good to know wha the original tastes and smells like before you make modifications.
Sunshines Falernum (adjusted from Falernum #8)
8 oz. Wray & Newphew Overproof Rum
Zest of 8 Limes (reserve whole limes for juice in step 2)
24 whole cloves
2-4 oz. fresh chopped Ginger
Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and seal with a lid. Allow to infuse for 48 hours.
Juice of 8 limes with pulp strained out
2 cups white sugar
1/2 teaspoon Almond extract
Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and seal with a lid. Shake until sugar dissolves and solution is translucent. Store in refrigerator.
After 48 hours, strain cloves and ginger from the rum infusion. Combine with the syrup mixture. Bang! Falernum.