Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Gum Syrup

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2 ounce Gum Arabic

Ingredient: Gum Arabic

Also Known As:  Gum acacia, chaar gund, char goond or meska What it is:  Additive

A natural gum made of hardened sap taken from two species of the acacia tree.

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6 fl ounce water

Ingredient: water

What it is:  Additive
Ubiquitous chemical substance that is composed of hydrogen and oxygen and is essential for all forms of life -- also a component of all drinks.

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boiling
8 ounce sugar

Ingredient: sugar

What it is:  Additive
Many 19th century recipes specifically called for white sugar, which is more refined and preferred over browner sugars. But modern white sugar is probably too refined, making raw cane sugar the best, easily available choice.

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(demarara or turbinado recommended)

Slowly add the gum arabic (powdered) into 2 fluid oz of near boiling distilled water, stir constantly. Allow it to sit a day or two, until dissolved and cool. Then separately, add 8 oz of sugar into 4 fluid oz of water, bring to a boil and stir until dissolved. Add dissolved gum and boil for 2 more minutes, skim off the foam. Allow to cool, filter through a cheesecloth and bottle. It will keep unrefrigerated.