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Oxymel: The Other Vinegar Drink

I've reported on shrubs (vinegar-based fruit syrups) for years, and only a couple years ago learned about switchels. Now I've just learned about Oxymel.

A while back I posted on the difference between a shrub and a switchel, thanks to Brandon Wise of Imperial in Portland, OR.

Recently, Humberto Marques, Owner/manager of Curfew Cocktail Bar in Copenhagen, sent me a recipe with oxymel in it. I needed to know more.

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51g9Iz9dbKLA quick internet search reveals this definition from Emily Han, author of the book Wild Drinks & Cocktails: Handcrafted Squashes, Shrubs, Switchels, Tonics, and Infusions to Mix at Home:

DRINKING VINEGARS AT A GLANCE:

• SHRUB = VINEGAR + SWEETENER + FRUIT … AND SOMETIMES HERBS AND SPICES

• SWITCHEL = VINEGAR + SWEETENER + GINGER … AND SOMETIMES RUM

• OXYMEL = VINEGAR + HONEY + HERBS

 

Darcy O'Neil also has a good post about oxymel and other vinegar drinks.

 

 

Marques repeated some info he posted at Liquor.com here, plus shared a recipe.

Here is is:

Scarborough Fair by Simon & Garfunkel (by Humberto Marques of Curfew Cocktail Bar)

3cl Parsley, sage , rosemary and thyme Oxymel
5cl Tanqueray gin
3cl apple& rosehip marmalade
4cl lemon juice
1,5cl frangelico

Shake all the ingredients and strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish: hazelnut powder floating

Herbs oxymel- 1 liter
in a blender:
2- sprig of parsley, sage , rosemary and thyme
1 litter of acacia honey
280ml apple cider vinegar

Liquidise in the blender , strain and filter , keep refrigerated.

 

Thanks Humberto!

 

 

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