Cocktail Challenge: falernum | Cocktail Challenge | Chicago Reader

Cocktail Challenge: falernum 

Rodan’s Eric Chaleff soothes his flu with a teacup full of rum

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

The cure for what ails you—a teacup full of rum.

The cure for what ails you—a teacup full of rum.

Andrea Bauer

Eric Chaleff, Rodan co-owner (and guitarist in Bloodiest), had a bad case of the flu when he mixed up this cocktail featuring his ingredient, falernum. Perhaps inspired by his chills, he made a warming drink with two types of tea: a rose marzipan black tea he used to infuse two kinds of rum, steeping the mixture for more than 12 hours; and a Korean grain tea made of pine nuts, walnuts, rice powder, millet, and chestnuts.

Who's Next

Chaleff opted to keep up the Asian theme, challenging Jenny Kessler, drinks master at the restaurant and tequila lounge Masa Azul, with shiitake mushrooms.

(Recipe below slideshow)

The Rum Dynasty

3 heaping bar spoons of Korean grain tea
1 oz Velvet Falernum Liqueur
1 1/2 oz tea-infused rum*
10 oz hot water
dash Chinese five-spice powder
Chilean baby pear for garnish

Spoon Korean grain tea into the bottom of a teacup. Strain the tea-infused rum into the cup and add the falernum liqueur and hot water. Stir well. Add a dash of Chinese five-spice powder and garnish with a Chilean baby pear.

*Tea-infused rum

6 oz Cana Brava rum
3 oz Zaya Gran Reserva 12-year rum
6 bar spoons of rose marzipan black tea
Combine and let steep for at least 12 hours.


Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Kate Schmidt

  • Do a Doubleday

    Do a Doubleday

    Ride the Red Line for a cross-town series featuring both the city’s baseball teams.
    • Jul 10, 2019
  • Lit recs for people in search of pleasure

    Lit recs for people in search of pleasure

    The current book obsessions of Reader deputy editor Kate Schmidt and Super Tasty producer-host Karen Yates
    • Mar 14, 2019
  • More »

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
Equus The Edge Theater
September 27
Performing Arts
Vanya on the Plains The Artistic Home
September 12

Tabbed Event Search

Popular Stories