The classic two ingredient libation of Barbados is the Corn & Oil cocktail, consisting of good aged Bajan rum and falernum liqueur.
Falernum is a local specialty in Barbados — a unique combination of ingredients that reflect tropical flavors. Almond, lime, clove and ginger are the most common ingredients, however, varieties with allspice, vanilla, or even strawberries have been seen.
Examples of good aged Bajan rums include Mount Gay Black Barrel or XO, Cockspur VSOR, Doorly’s XO or 12 year old and Real McCoy 12 year old rum. Today, we’ll use Doorly’s 12 year old rum from Foursquare distillery.
If you can’t find authentic falernum at a store near you, there’s plenty of easy recipes and variations online. You might prefer to make your own falernum with your own favorite ingredients.
Classic Bajan Corn & Oil cocktail
- 2 parts Doorly’s 12 year old rum
- 1 part Taylor’s Velvet Falernum
Method: in a rocks glass, add cubed ice. Pour rum and falernum over ice and stir to combine and chill. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge.
After enjoying this delicious libation on island, the classic Bajan Corn & Oil cocktail always takes you right back to Barbados.