Have you ever wondered what makes certain cocktails so smooth and delicious? The answer is gomme syrup; a thickening agent made from cane sugar, hot water, and xanthan gum.
It is used in many different cocktails to create a richer, more complex flavor profile. Gomme has a long shelf life and can be stored in an airtight container for up to six months.
This syrupy mix includes xanthan, which gives it a silky texture and helps to bind the ingredients together. This type of syrup is essential for any mixed drink because it adds viscosity and creates a rich mouthfeel.
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How To Make It At Home
Making your gomme at home is easy!
Simply combine equal parts granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat.
Stir until the sugar has dissolved, then increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil.
Remove from heat and stir in 1/8 teaspoon of xanthan gum.
Allow the mixture to cool completely before transferring to a glass bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Now that you know how easy it is to make this delectable syrup, let’s explore some ways that you can use it in your cocktails! One of our favorite recipes is the classic Whiskey Sour.
This refreshing drink combines rye whiskey, lemon juice, and gomme for a perfect balance of sweet and sour.
Simply combine 2 ounces of rye whiskey, 1 ounce of lemon juice, and 1 ounce of syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish with an orange slice or cherry and enjoy!
Is it the same as sugar or simple syrup?
The answer to this question is no. Simple syrup is made from just sugar and water. Gomme contains gum arabic, which gives it a thicker consistency and a slightly sweeter taste than sugar, with a richer flavor profile.