Liber & Co. brings us two unusual but game-changing cocktail ingredients:
The pineapple gum syrup is a legendary tiki ingredient—in the mid-19th century it was the secret ingredient in San Francisco’s storied cocktail, Pisco Punch. After a century of obscurity, the drink's recipe was unearthed, and pineapple gum reclaimed its status as an essential cocktail ingredient. Made with fresh pineapple juice, pure cane sugar and gum arabic, it lends drinks a creamy sweetness, subtle acidity and a ton of fresh fruit flavor. After the Pisco Punch, try it as a highly versatile sweetener paired with your favorite rum, tequila or brandy.
In a nod to their Texas roots, Liber & Co. uses sweet red Rio Star grapefruits to make a tart, slightly sweet shrub. Their antiquated cold-press technique preserves the bright, zesty flavors of the citrus.