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From the best rum to ginger ale, literally any ingredient can be incorporated into a punch. However, if you want to make the perfect punch one thing you definitely need is a secret ingredient. This delicious twist is Oleo Saccharum.
This is an ingredient that was commonly used in cocktails in the 19th century in order to give alcoholic beverages a citrusy flavor and smell. The name itself means oil (Oleo) and sugar (Saccharum) – sugared oil. While it may be an old ingredient, it certainly hasn’t lost its value.
How do you make Oleo Saccharum?
So, let’s give you the recipe! Get yourself a vegetable peeler and zest a few lemons. This is a good tool to use, as you will need to leave most of the white pith behind. Place the lemon peel inside a bowl and add some white sugar. You should add two ounces for every lemon you have peeled. Mix the two ingredients together and then use a muddler(it’s like a pestle) to mash the mixture until the oil starts to come out of the peel. After you have done this you should set the bowl aside for about an hour. Once you come back to the mix, you will notice that there is a pool of lemon oil now present in the bowl. This is Oleo Saccharum.
Oleo Saccharum As A Punch Ingredient
A punch traditionally has five components, which are alcohol, water, citrus, spice and Oleo Saccharum. Any experienced bartender will tell you that the latter is the most important ingredient. Why? Because it adds a vital backbone of flavor to any cocktail. The flavor may be subtle but that doesn’t make it any less important. It is a refreshing citrus base, which is a necessity when creating a punch.
Mix Up Some Fun
Once you have made Oleo Saccharum you can then have fun creating your own punch creations. All you need is some alcohol, water and a bit of sugar and spice. There is nothing as exciting and as rewarding as making your own cocktail, especially when it tastes nice.
You can, of course, leave out one of these ingredients: alcohol! If you are having a party or guests around and someone does not drink or they have been somewhere like Bali Beginnings due to an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, you should definitely create an alcohol-free version. This will ensure they feel comfortable and do not feel like the odd one out. When I’m making nonalcoholic punch for wedding or baby showers, ginger ale is always a go to ingredient for the main citrus plus some sort of KoolAid or fruit juice like orange or pineapple. It’s a fun thing to experiment with. Try using small measures of the ingredients first and then when you decide the ratios for each, make a giant bowl of fun!
So, now you know all about the secret ingredient that you need if you are to make the perfect punch. Oleo Saccharum may not boast an intense flavor, but it’s certainly noticeable and it makes all of the difference. Once you add it to your punch you will really be able to tell the difference. Do you have a tip for adding extra flavor to punch or party drinks? Leave a comment below.