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One Good Find: Eucalyptus Syrup

By Farideh Sadeghin

Published on September 11, 2014

New and unusual kitchen products pass through our test kitchen all the time—spice blends, cooking utensils, books, spirits. Every once in a while, something comes across my desk that really stands out; most recently, it was a bottle of eucalyptus syrup from Humberto Marques, a.k.a. "The Bartist," a Copenhagen-based bartender with a line of custom cocktail syrups. Inspired by the eucalyptus tea his mother made for him as a child during the cold months in Portugal, Marques developed an all-natural eucalyptus syrup to use in his cocktails while working at Edinburgh's Oloroso Restaurant in 2004. A simple combination of water and sugar with an infusion of fresh eucalyptus leaves, it has a sweet, herbal flavor with a bitter, slightly medicinal finish that adds balance and depth to all kinds of drinks. I love it added to hot tea, mixed with club soda, or used to add a dose of citrusy, herbal flavor to cocktails like the Kindred Spirit, a twist on the classic Angostura fizz.

Eucalyptus syrup, $13 at

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