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Homemade Falernum

A good homemade falernum recipe is good to keep on hand. It’s sometimes difficult to find in stores, but is a necessary component in some Tiki style cocktails. It’s also growing in popularity in many other contempory mixed drink recipes such as sangrias and punches.

So, what is falernum? Falernum is simply delicious. It is a bit of spice, bit of sweet and ever so warming. There are almonds, cloves and sometimes ginger. The texture is smooth with lingering silky spice that mellows over the tongue. Falernum is a simple, yet beautiful flavor. It warms cool weather cocktails and brightens warm weather drinks. I think it’s simply divine. Every bar should stock this amazing bottled treat!

Try your hand at making Falernum at home with this easy homemade falernum recipe. Your taste buds will thank you!

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Falernum

10 Medium Limes – peeled

10 Whole Cloves

5 Whole Raw Almonds

1 teaspoon Sugar

1 – 750ml Bottle White Rum

Peel limes, removing all white pith. Cut limes in half. Place cut and peeled limes in large glass container with lid. Add cloves, raw almonds, sugar and white rum. Save the rum bottle. Cover. Store in sunny window for approximately three days. Taste for desired flavor. When satisfied with flavor, double strain mixture into cleaned rum bottle. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator if desired.

Try your homemade concoction in any of the Falernum cocktail recipes found on the site.

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Satin Sheet

Hump Day Happy Hour ~ Slip into something comfortable… What sip will you slip into?Satin Sheet - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Satin Sheet – adapted by Cheri Loughlin

2 measures Reposado Tequila

1 measure Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 measure Falernum

1/4 measure Simple Syrup

Lime Slice Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend & chill. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with lime slice.

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Review: Dragon Bleu Flavored Vodkas

Dragon Bleu White Ginger Tasting Notes

Dragon Bleu White Ginger Sample photo copyright Cheri LoughlinVodka infused with natural ginger and agave syrup

40% Alcohol – 80 proof

Color: Misty white. Cloudy like fresh lemonade without the pulp.

Aroma: Faintest dab of ginger. Some sweetness. Citrus such as lemon zest.

Taste: Beautiful lilting soft ginger flavor. Tinge of sweetness, but definitely not sugary like liqueurs. Perhaps there is just enough gentle sweetness to tame some of the bite ginger can sometimes leave on the tongue.

Misty Eyed – created by Cheri Loughlin

Misty Eyed - created by Cheri Loughlin photo copyright Cheri Loughlin1-1/2 measure Dragon Bleu White Ginger

1/4 measure Elderflower Liqueur

1/2 measure Premium Orange Liqueur

1/2 measure Fresh Lemon Juice

1-1/2 measure Club Soda

Lemon Wedge Garnish

Combine liquids except club soda in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice. Top with club soda. Stir. Garnish with lemon wedge.

Refreshing with light sweetness mingling softly with brush of ginger.

Dragon Bleu Rose Blossom Pour photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Dragon Bleu Rose Blossom Tasting Notes

Vodka infused with natural rose and agave nectar

40% Alcohol – 80 Proof

Dragon Bleu Rose Blossom Sample 1 photo copyright Cheri LoughlinColor: Crystal clear.

Aroma: Barely there hint of rose. Slight perfume. More traditional vodka aroma.

Taste: Definite rose especially in the after taste. Much sweeter than expected, but still not to the degree of liqueur.

I’ll be completely honest and say I am not a fan of roses, rose scent and especially not a fan of rose water or rose flavored cocktails. However, cocktail culture ventures more and more toward varied cocktails utilizing botanicals / floral flavors. The addition of rose in cocktails is quite popular.

Crème Yvette immediately comes to mind as wonderful addition to the Dragon Bleu Rose Blossom.

Bleu Rose – created by Cheri Loughlin

Bleu Rose created by Cheri Loughlin photo copyright Cheri Loughlin1-1/2 measure Dragon Bleu Rose Blossom

3/4 measure Crème Yvette

1/2 measure Fresh Lemon Juice

2 measures Brut Champagne

Combine liquids except champagne in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled coupe. Top with brut champagne.

Quite lovely. Champagne highlights the rose flavor while softening it at the same time. Color lends itself well to holiday parties and celebrations.

Dragon Bleu Penja Pepper Sample photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Dragon Bleu Penja Pepper Tasting Notes

Vodka infused with natural penja pepper and agave nectar.

40% Alcohol – 80 Proof

Color: Crystal clear

Aroma: Total traditional vodka aroma. No hint of pepper or sugar.

Taste: Sweetness followed by pepper such as mild black pepper. Quickly fades rather than scalding the tongue. Almost too much sweetness in comparison to the peppery spice. The sweet to pepper flavors are slightly in competition with one another. Although, the sweet to peppery flavor has me instantly craving salty thin potato chips. Lays potato chips to be precise… Lays potato chips… like a cocktail you can’t have just one.

Sentimental Dragon – created by Cheri Loughlin

Sentimental Dragon created by Cheri Loughlin photo copyright Cheri Loughlin2 measures Dragon Bleu Penja Pepper

1/2 measure Velvet Falernum

3/4 measure Fresh Lime Juice

Dash of Classic Bitters

Sea Salt

Rim chilled cocktail glass with sea salt. Set aside. Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into prepared cocktail glass.

Salty. Sweet. Gentle heat. They all come together quite nicely.

Dragon Bleu Flavored Vodka samples for review provided by representatives of the brand. Join Dragon Bleu on Facebook and follow @DragonBleu on Twitter.

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