Ixtapa – The Amber Falernum

Chances are high that you never heard of Falernum! However, among the more obscure rum liqueurs, like Pimento Dram or Swedish Punch, it very well may be the most famous. When used right, Falernum definitely is a crowd-pleaser. Therefore, let me introduce a new one from Hamburg to you. Let us find out what it can do!

There once was a time when two students made the best Falernum in the whole country. Unfortunately, those times are gone, but nowadays there is quite a big choice of Falernums on the market. The one I want to introduce to you today comes from the oldest wine merchant and spirits producer in Hamburg Heinrich von Have. The Amber Falernum is produced using cask aged Caribbean rum, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, an essence of lime and ginger.

Typical Falernum flavour

The Amber Falernum delivers everything you can expect from this type of spicy rum liqueur, You can taste the spices, there is a certain heat from the ginger and it also has fresh lime notes. One small drawback might be its very delicate rum aroma. It could have made due with a little bit more rum. However, this means that it is an excellent and not too sweet sipper on its own. Nevertheless, you should mix up your favourite Falernum cocktail with it.

Around the same time I got the Amber Falernum I discovered a can of Paloma Melon Lemonade in my local supermarket. Instantly my curiosity was sparked and I decided on mixing a drink with it. So, basically I made an original Paloma with the addition of Falernum and melon instead of grapefruit lemonade. To round everything out I also added some dashes of Lemon Bitters on top of the drink.

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4,5 cl Don Fulano Blanco Tequila
2,25 cl The Amber Falernum
3 cl Lime Juice
Top off with Paloma Melon Lemonade
Shake – strain – chilled Cocktail glass;
Garnish: Dried Pineapple Wheel;
Song: James Vincent McMorrow – Ixtapa


As you probably can imagine, the drink is very refreshing. The tequila goes very well with the melon lemonade and the Falernum gives the drink a spicy backbone. On top of that, the spices of the rum liqueur compliment the bitter and herbal notes of the bitters. If you are bored by regular Palomas, but still want to enjoy a Tequila highball, look no further and mix up an Ixtapa!

*The fact that I received a product reviewed in this article for free, did not – in any way – influence the rating of said product.

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