Link: Falernum history lesson → November 29, 2014 by Kevin Upthegrove Sure, most tiki drink aficionados know what falernum is and probably make their own. But the history of the stuff? Murky. The word falernum originates from the Roman wine falernian (or falernum in Latin.) But modern falernum, found in classic tiki drinks like the Mai Thai or the Zombie, has little in common with the original use of the word except for it’s coloring.