Bartender Journey Podcast # 141
What is Gum syrup or (or Gomme) Syrup?
Jennifer Colliau, founder of Small Hand Foods, describes it this way: “Gum syrup is simple syrup with gum Arabic added to provide texture. Gum arabic doesn't have much flavor on its own, although I use organic sugar in my gum syrup, which has a light molasses flavor and gives the syrup a light amber color. Gum syrup is best in drinks that don't have any other ingredients that add viscosity, like Old Fashioneds, Sazeracs and Juleps.”
o So what is the gum Arabic that Jennifer mentioned? It is an all natural resin harvested from the Acacia tree.
o Jerry Thomas used Gum syrup in many of his recipes.
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Comparing this version to the same cocktail made with Simple Syrup instead of the Gum Syrup, I found the Gum Syrup version more "viscous" and “substantial”. It tasted more like a cocktail than the Simple Syrup version, which tasted a bit like “sweetened whiskey”.