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Michael Searles
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The Writing, Weaving, Conceiving a Plot Slushie and Oleo-Saccharum

+Kevin Bragg is always concocting something behind the bar at +Seven Lamps. This time with the slushie machine, some Bushmill's, freshly brewed iced tea, and a strawberry-lemon oleo-saccharum, something I'd never even heard of.

Just What is Oleo-Saccharum?

The standard definition dryly reads: a homogeneous mixture used in pharmacy that is made by triturating sugar with a small amount of essential oil, or essentially a sugared oil. It's pretty simple really, use sugar to extract the bright, intense essential oils from citrus. It can be used in anything from baking to the best lemonade you'll have, but get this to a crafty bartender though, and something magical happens.

Oleo-saccharum as an ingredient cocktails and punches was relatively common in 19th-century bartending as a way to provide an elegantly citrusy flavor and aroma to alcoholic beverages. 

The Writing, Weaving, Conceiving a Plot Slushie

With the Writing, Weaving, Conceiving a Plot Slushie at +Seven Lamps, Kevin Bragg takes this beyond a simple oleo-saccharum extract and to a whole new level adding strawberries to the mix. Using it to sweeten freshly brewed iced tea, spiking it with Bushmill's Irish Whiskey, and turning it into a slushy makes for cool times on the patio despite the balmy Atlanta heat.

#summer   #cocktails   #atlanta   

Sources: +Serious Eats +Michael Dietsch: http://goo.gl/wknvCp and Saveur: http://goo.gl/RyTHoq, the Merrium-Webster online dictionary: http://goo.gl/ccC6iH

For further reading check out Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl by +David Wondrich: http://goo.gl/IHMeou 
   
 
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Thanks to ALL for coming out and killing it! Thanks to @ChattWhiskey and USBG Chattanooga for making the trek and to +1KEPT Kitchen & Bar for playing the gracious hosts. Congrats to ALL who inaugurated a barrelhouse of good times
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Barman-bar-none, SaaS Account Management, Dining Experience Coordinator
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  • Southern Proper Hospitality
    Barman(ager), 2014 - present
    Managing the bar programs of Gypsy Kitchen, The Southern Gentleman, The Blind Pig Parlour Bar and Smokebelly BBQ
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    Barman(ager), 2014 - 2015
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    Beverage Director, 2014 - 2014
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    Barman(ager), 2012 - 2013
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