Oleo-saccharum is the fancy Latin name given to a syrup made from citrus fruit peels and sugar. It roughly translate as ‘oil-sugar’ and is a quick, easy and delicious recipe to extract the fragrant natural oils from citrus rinds.
Oleo has been used in punch-making since 1670! Scroll down for our time-tested recipe that you can quickly make and substitute into cocktail recipes that require a simple syrup.
- Remove rind from citrus with a vegetable peeler, leaving white pith behind.
- Mix with sugar in a bowl and muddle, cover, and let sit at least 4 hours – up to 1 day (avor will intensify with time).
- Strain into a container, pressing on rinds to extract the oils; discard rinds.
- Store oil in an airtight container, in fridge, for up to 2 weeks. Add this fragrant syrup to your next cocktail to amp up the citrus avor!
- Also, wonderful drizzled over desserts or added to olive oil dressing.