Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Recipe

A Drink Fit to Impress the Club’s Admiral

Barbados Rum, Lime Juice, Falernum – Paradise

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The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club was established in 1844. That makes it one of the world’s oldest yacht clubs to hold a Royal warrant. The drink that bears the club’s name may have been sipped by sugar planters and retired British Naval officers on the decks of their fantail yachts. Maybe not. There doesn’t seem to be any definitive history. We do know it was made popular by Trader Vic’s as an early variation on the daiquiri.

The drink substitutes the more complex Falernum for simple syrup. It also add Cointreau to the mix. This drink is more restrained than the baroque tiki drinks that Trader Vic’s later became known for. Drink it on the deck of your yacht while wearing a bikini and heels, or a white dinner jacket. Listen to yacht rock. Enjoy.

How to Make a Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Cocktail

  • Style of Cocktail – Daisy
  • Base Spirit – Rum
  • Modifier – Cointreau
  • Sweetener – Falernum

Flavor Description

  • Tart
  • Spicy

The Royal Bermuda Yacht club is a tart lime and spice variation on a Daiquiri. Falernum brings allspice, clove and ginger notes to the cocktail.


The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Cocktail hits the high notes of tropical ingredients. Obviously, rum. Then it has the combination of fresh lime juice and falernum. It is not a full blown tiki extravaganza like the Pearl Diver’s Punch. If you’re looking for something restrained yet nautical to impress the club’s Admiral at the annual sail past, this will do the job.

  • Rum – Barbados rum is the classic choice here. Mount Gay is a popular choice with sailors. It has a long history sponsoring regattas and sailing events. Try it with Mount Gay Extra Old. It is an excellent rum. Cockspur is the other widely available Barbados rum. It is also an excellent choice.
  • Falernum – Falernum is the essential ingredient in a number of tiki drinks. Once a closely guarded secret, it has become a mainstay ingredient for many bartenders. The best falernum is the one you make yourself.


Royal Bermuda Yacht Club Recipe


  • 2 oz. aged Barbados rum
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz. falernum
  • grated nutmeg for garnish


  1. Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Fine strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass.
  4. Grate fresh nutmeg over drink to garnish.

Recipe Notes

Falernum is a spiced almond and lime syrup. There are commercial versions available, but they can be difficult to find. Making your own does take a few days to make. It is totally worth it.

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