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What is Oleo-saccharum and How do you make it?

What is Oleo-saccharum and How do you make it?

Oleo-saccharum is a traditional cocktail ingredient that adds an intense citrus flavor to drinks[1]. The term "oleo-saccharum" means "oil-sugar" in Latin, and it refers to a syrup created by extracting the essential oils from citrus peels and combining them with sugar[1][2].

To make oleo-saccharum, follow these steps[2]:

  1. Select your citrus fruits: Typically, lemon peels are used, but you can also use other citrus fruits like oranges, limes, or grapefruits[2]. It's best to choose organic fruits to avoid any pesticide residue.
  2. Peel the citrus fruits: Use a vegetable peeler or a knife to carefully remove the colorful zest from the fruit, taking care not to include any white pith, which can impart bitterness[2].
  3. Combine peels and sugar: Place the citrus peels in a bowl and add granulated sugar. The sugar draws out the oils from the peels, creating a fragrant and flavorful syrup[2].
  4. Muddle and wait: Gently muddle the sugar and peels together to help release the oils. Then, cover the bowl and let it sit at room temperature for a few hours or overnight, allowing the flavors to meld[2].
  5. Strain and store: After the waiting period, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth to separate the syrup from the remaining solids. The resulting syrup will be aromatic and infused with the essence of citrus[2].

Now that you have your homemade oleo-saccharum, you can use it to enhance a variety of cocktails by incorporating the intense citrus flavor into your drinks[1].

Please note that specific recipes may have variations in the oleo-saccharum-making process, but the general idea remains the same: extracting the citrus oils and combining them with sugar to create a flavorful syrup.

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