Bellucci Premium Weighs in on the Latest Trend in NYC, Adding Olive Oil to Mixed Drinks

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Following an article that details the latest trend of incorporating olive oil into mixed drinks, Bellucci Premium makes a statement.

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Bellucci Premium, a producer of high quality extra virgin olive oils, responds to an article detailing the trend of adding olive oil to signature drink cocktails around New York City.

According to the article published on Daily News on November 10th titled “Restaurants in New York are adding the fruity and spicy taste of olive oil to mixed drinks,” olive oil does not have to be restricted to sautéing and cooking. It is now being used as a flavor booster in many mixed drinks.

There has been a recent trend for bars to develop new cocktails using interesting ingredients and olive oil is one of them, says the article. Eben Freeman, head of bar operations and innovations for the Altamarea restaurant group was quoted in the article and shared his push for this trend to continue. “People are trying all sorts of things they wouldn’t have tried before. Drinks that shocked people a few years ago are almost expected now,” said Freeman.

The introduction of olive flavors is not new. The dirty martini has been a popular drink for a long time, says the article. However, the introduction of olive oil is different. “These drinks have an element of adventure,” says Freeman.

At The Butterfly in Tribeca and Marea in Midtown West, Chef Michael White collaborated with Freeman to create the Trickle Back. This is an olive oil spin to ‘pickleback,’ a shot that includes chasing a shot of whisky with pickle juice. The article details the preparation of the pickleback, which starts off with mixing chili brine with Bombay Sapphire gin. “The gin floats to the top, creating the shot and chaser in one glass. On top, he adds a few drops of olive oil, and then carefully adds some shaved Parmesan cheese, which combines with the olive oil, rather than sinking to the bottom.” The shot is a flood of flavors and the olive oil is a delicious addition.

Natalie Sexenian, marketing manager for Bellucci Premium, believes this new trend of adding olive oil to drinks promises to be a delicious and healthy addition to New York City’s already diverse drink selection. “Olive oil has a delicious and distinct flavor, so it’s no surprise to see chefs experimenting with it in alcoholic drinks. The idea of savory cocktails has been very popular in the industry. Olive oil is just the thing to give drinks that added flavor.”

Bellucci offers three different types of oil, including an organic option, with a mild peppery flavor and fruity undertones that will satisfy any palate. Bellucci Premium Toscano extra virgin olive oil uses olives that are grown on the beautiful landscapes of Tuscany, and maintained by 3rd and 4th generation farmers. The third type of oil Bellucci produces is the finest 100% Italian extra virgin olive oil, grown in many different regions of Italy.

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