Mixology Monday With The Leveretts - A Word to the Wise (Mocktail)

January 23, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Hey There,

Today's mocktail has me thinking of warmer days. The fresh sage and pineapple juice pairs so well with our lime oleo saccharum. Oleo saccharum is Latin for oil sugar and it is exactly that. We've included the exact steps below but essentially, it is an oil made from citrus peels mixed with sugar. As the peels sit in the sugar, they secrete natural oils that contain concentrated citrus flavor. We made ours with lime peels but you can also make your oleo saccharum with lemon peels. This oil can be used in cocktails in the same way you would use a simple syrup but you can also use it in other cooking and baking recipes.

This drink is great anytime, not just for dry January! If you are wanting something a little stronger, but still low ABV, swap out the tonic water for 1/2 oz. Vodka and swap the Ginger beer for 1/2 oz. Gin and muddle in a little cucumber before shaking. We hope you enjoy! As always, if you make any of our drinks, take a picture and share them with us online! Instagram ---> @ staynfocusimages  

This makes 1 drink! Let's get started!




Here's what you need:

For Garnish
1 Bunch of Sage Leaves
1 Lime wheel

For Drink
1/2 oz. Lime Oleo Saccharum (see below)
3-4 Fresh sage leaves
3 oz. Pineapple juice
1 oz. Cucumber tonic water
2 oz. Ginger beer

For Lime Oleo Saccharum (Oil Sugar)
Peel from 6-10 limes
Granulated Sugar

You will also need shaker cup, muddler, strainer, a collins or highball glass and also a small dish and citrus peeler for the oleo saccharum.




Let's Make the Oleo Saccharum!

  1. Peel 6 to 10 limes, leave behind most of the white pith. 

  2. Place peels in a dish and coat completely in granulated sugar. Cover and place in refrigerator for anywhere between 12 and 48 hours. We left ours in for more than 24 hours.  

  3. After oleo saccharum has formed, strain out peels and remaining sugar saving only the oil in a separate airtight  jar or container.

  4. Store in refrigerator for 2 weeks but best to use it it within first week. To lengthen the life span, add a tablespoon of vodka.


Let's Make the Drink!

  1. In shaker cup add:

    • Lime oleo saccharum (1/2 oz.)

    • Sage leaves (3-4 leaves)

  2. Muddle well

  3. Add Remaining ingredients (except tonic and ginger beer) to shaker:

    • Pineapple juice (3 oz.)

    • Ice

  4. Shake 15-20 seconds to chill.

  5. Fill your Collins or highball with ice

  6. Strain in your mocktail.

  7. Top with

    • Cucumber tonic water (~1 oz.)

    • Ginger beer (~2 oz.)

  8. Garnish with lime wheel and sage.

  9. Enjoy!


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