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velvet falernum

msmouser Nov 16, 2011 08:03 AM

Okay, now please help me find velvet falernum in the "greater Lexington" area!!


  1. Dea Nov 16, 2011 08:07 AM

    If you can stretch the definition of "greater Lexington" to include Davis Square in Somerville (big stretch - don't pull a hammy!), you can find it at the Boston Shaker. At least I did about a year ago.

    The Boston Shaker
    69 Holland Street, Somerville, MA

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      katzzz Nov 16, 2011 08:50 AM

      The falernum at Boston Shaker will be non-alcoholic. The kind with alcohol, Taylor's Velvet Falernum, can be found at many places, but Martignetti's on Soldiers Field Road may offer the best price.

      The Boston Shaker
      69 Holland Street, Somerville, MA

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      1. re: katzzz
        Dea Nov 17, 2011 08:00 AM

        That's right katzzz - forgot about that. It's made by Trader Tiki's and worked great in some rum-based cocktails I made. I'll have to search out the Taylor's though!

        1. re: Dea
          yarm Nov 17, 2011 10:12 AM

          The Boston Shaker sells 2 types of falernum, Fee's and BG Reynolds (which used to be Trader Tiki's before Trader Vic sued him; bottles with the old Trader Tiki label are still being sold but are no longer produced).

          Two doors down or so from the Boston Shaker is Dave's Fresh Pasta and they sell Velvet Falernum and lots of other cool cocktail ingredients like Cardamaro that fall at or below their 20% ABV cut off (wine license).


          Dave's Fresh Pasta
          81 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

          The Boston Shaker
          69 Holland Street, Somerville, MA

          1. re: Dea
            katzzz Nov 17, 2011 11:29 AM

            Yeah, the Trader Tiki products are very good, but most (all?) say that you should use them up in 30 days (or some limited time period). I'm not running a bar or drinking tiki cocktails every night, so there's no way I'm going through even a small bottle of falernum or orgeat or Donn's mix in a month. Hence I'm hesitant to buy their somewhat expensive products. Yet another reason to go with Taylor's falernum: the alcohol helps preserve it for a good long time.

            1. re: katzzz
              yarm Nov 17, 2011 12:43 PM

              Ours have kept rather well in the fridge. I know that some of the samples at the Boston Shaker fermented but they were opened a lot (lets microbes in) and left out at room temperature for extended lengths of time.

              If you want them to keep, add 1 oz of 80-100 proof vodka or grain neutral spirits to every 12-15 oz of syrup. Mix and store in the fridge. It'll help syrups keep for a lot longer.

              Velvet Falernum is a great product, but some of the BG Reynolds/Trader Tiki ones are the only non-boozy option that is quality. Such as their passion fruit syrup and orgeat.

              The Boston Shaker
              69 Holland Street, Somerville, MA

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          cpingenot Nov 16, 2011 10:01 AM

          Nowhere remotely near lexington, but bought some of the Taylor's VF at Boston Wine Exchange two weeks ago. I'm certain that there are closer places, but I'd call before you make a trip anywhere.

          1. yarm Nov 16, 2011 11:01 AM

            Marty's in Newtonville
            Ball Square Liquors in Somerville
            Blanchard's in J.P.


            1. Dea Mar 5, 2012 09:42 AM

              Still a stretch geographically, and you should call before making the trip as I bought the last bottle on the shelf, but Cambridge Wine & Spirits in the Whole Foods plaza on Alewife Parkway in Cambridge now sells it. The shelf had a typed tag for it, which to me says they're planning to keep carrying it, but I grabbed the one bottle I saw. Paid $16.99 for it.

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              1. re: Dea
                nickls Mar 5, 2012 10:09 AM

                I had some Velvet Falernum in the cabinet before, and it actually started to grow something despite the alcohol content. I replaced it with the BG Reynold's Falernum from the Boston Shaker.

                They now have mini 5 oz bottles for $5 which actually makes them cheaper by volume than the larger ones, and perfect for the small-scale user. I've kept some of his other syrups in the fridge for a few months without a problem. I also found this falernum to be a lot spicier than the Velvet.

                1. re: nickls
                  Dea Mar 5, 2012 10:31 AM

                  You know I wondered if I should put that bottle in the fridge after opening it this past weekend. The bottle itself didn't say anything about needing to refrigerate, but based on your experience I'm going to do so. Thanks for the heads up on th esmaller bottles at Boston Shaker too.

                  1. re: Dea
                    yarm Mar 5, 2012 11:52 AM

                    I now add 1 oz of 80 proof vodka to each 375mL bottle of BG Reynolds after losing a pricy bottle of passion fruit syrup (stored in the fridge) to mold. Haven't had problems with my other syrups of his, but I'd rather not dump most of a $13 bottle again. For the 5 oz, probably a 1/2 oz of vodka would do. If you're serving virgin drinks, skip this step entirely though.


                    1. re: yarm
                      MC Slim JB Mar 5, 2012 12:12 PM

                      I leave my Tiki syrups overnight by the MIT reactor near Central Square to irradiate them.


                      1. re: MC Slim JB
                        StriperGuy Mar 6, 2012 06:15 AM


                        Problem is that just sterilizes them once, once you open them and use them they will just get inoculated again.

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