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What is Oleo Saccharum?

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Don’t let the name intimidate you, Oleo Saccharum isn’t some sort of chemical laden preservative or artificial colorant.  It’s a classic (and classy) bartending ingredient/technique with a highfalutin’ Latin name (which translates to a less intimidating “sugared oil”).

Oleo Saccharum is made by muddling citrus zest (typically lemon) with superfine sugar until its flavorful, aromatic oils begin to seep out.  The mixture is left to sit for some time, so the oil has a chance to combine with the sugar to create a rich, flavorful syrup.  Then the zest is removed.

The finished product is a prized punch & cocktail ingredient.

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