My goal this post is to motivate those of you who haven’t made falernum or cinnamon syrup to do so. Neither takes the obligatory month and a half like pimento dram. In fact, if you were to start a batch of each after work on Friday, you’d be sipping this cocktail Saturday evening.
- 3 cinnamon sticks (preferably Ceylon)
- 2c sugar
- 1c water
Bash the hell out of the cinnamon sticks until they look a bit coarser than ground coffee (1/8″ pieces). Use a mortar and pestle or rolling pin in a ziplock. Add everything to a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover and simmer for two minutes. Remove from the heat and let the mixture steep for 2 hours. Strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth. Bottle and keep in the refrigerator for a month or so.
I can’t give away all the recipes! Go to Paul’s falernum recipe over at Cocktail Chronicles or, better yet, buy the latest issue of Imbibe for the 9th incarnation of his recipe.
- 1/2oz lime juice
- 1/2oz grapefruit juice
- 1/2oz cinnamon syrup
- 1/2oz falernum
- 1oz dark Jamaican rum
- 3/4oz gold Puerto Rican rum
- 3/4oz 151-proof demerara rum
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- 6 drops Herbsaint or Pernod
- 4oz crushed ice
Throw everything into the blender, ice last. Flash-blend for less than 5 seconds. Pour into a fun glass and throw in a fresh cherry if you like.
Sippin’ Safari, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry
Aromas of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger tickle the edge of my nose while the rich caramel of the rums dons a see-through cloak to cover the tartness of lime and grapefruit. The cinnamon syrup in combination with the falernum is a match made by the tiki gods. And as usual, the bitters and Herbsaint add that extra touch of the exotic. This has to be one of my favorite faux tropicals. Ok, I must go make another one now …
It’s Bragging Time
- Have you made 10 batches of falernum yet?
- Improved on the cinnamon syrup recipe?
- Made a crazy, new cardamom-mint-coriander-burdock syrup that you want to share?
Post your successes with exotic syrups and your experiments in the comments!
Better yet, post when you’ve made the syrups and acquired the ingredients to make the Jet Pilot.