We hope you enjoy this video of Coconut Court barman Antonio mixing one of his favourite cocktails. Corn ‘n’ Oil began life on the island of Barbados in the 18th century and was a real after dinner favourite on the plantations. That’s probably because it’s quite strong, best enjoyed on a full stomach and before bed. More than one will probably knock you off your feet. The full recipe is below.
Antonio, barman at Captain Charlie’s Beach Bar, suggested Corn ‘n’ Oil as it's one of Charlie Blades’ favourite drinks. Charlie is head of the Blades family, who have owned Coconut Court for more than 40 years. Corn 'n' Oil is a potent drink - it’s not just the double Mount Gay Eclipse Rum. The other main ingredient is Falernum, a spicy concoction which is also thought to originate in Barbados. It’s a syrup-based alcoholic drink with cloves, ginger and other spices. Take it home! If you fancy making Corn 'n' Oil at home, you can pick up Falernum, which is about 11 per cent alcohol, in most supermarkets in Barbados for less than US$10. Mount Gay is the oldest rum in the world. It too originates from Barbados. The only other ingredient is a squeeze of lemon. So with a liquor made from molasses, a by-product of sugar cane, Corn n Oil is the real taste of old Barbados. The origin of its name is less clear. Some say it is biblical. “Thy corn, thy wine and thy oil” is from Deuteronomy in the Old Testament. Whatever its origins, it’s perfect after dinner at Coconut Court’s Deck Restaurant, while watching the moon on the sea and the stars in the sky. Barbados in a glass, over rocks. Just be sure you don’t overdo it. You have been warned!
Antonio’s Corn ‘n’ Oil Two shots of Mount Gay Eclipse Rum One shot of Falernum One squeeze of lemon Shake and serve in a rocks glass over ice with a slice of lemon Sip slowly and savour the taste of Barbados