From cutting edge cocktails to traditional pasta, olive oil can be used in a myriad of delightful ways to enjoy and experiment, as these recipes show.
Casablabla’s Savour the Sun • 15ml McLaren Vale Reserve Olive Oil • Half an egg white • 15ml Sugar syrup (1 part water, 1 part castor sugar) • 30ml Fresh squeezed lime juice • Dash of black pepper bitters • 45ml Square One basil vodka Garnish: Fresh basil and cracked black pepper Method: 1. Add the olive oil and egg white to a Boston shaker and dry shake (without ice) until a creamy white emulsion is formed. 2. To the emulsion add the sugar syrup, lime juice, bitters and basil vodka and dry shake again to bind. 3. Add ice to the Boston shaker and shake until chilled. Strain into an ice filled double old fashioned glass and garnish with a sprig of fresh basil and a sprinkle of cracked pepper. Tasting notes: Creamy citrus followed by pepper and fresh savoury herbs with a nutty soave finish. The Olive oil creates a velvet smooth mouth feel and elongates the savoury notes of the drink while remaining present in both flavour and nose. – Eoghan O’Neill, Manager, Casablabla casablabla.com Milano Cucina’s Spaghetti Aglio,Olio, Acciughe e Ruccla • 5g Anchovies • 3 cloves garlic • Tablespoon fresh chilli • 50g Olives • 100g Extra virgin olive oil • Rocket bunch • 100g Pecorino cheese • 200g Spaghetti Method: 1. Fry olive oil, chopped garlic, chilli and anchovies in pan until anchovies melt. Add olives. 2. Boil spaghetti until al dente. 3. Add together, then sprinkle rocket (to wilt) and top with pecorino cheese and drizzle with olive oil. 4. Serves two. Serve with pane semplice alle olive (olive bread) milanocucina.com Majestic Hotel’s Culshaw’s Cocktail • (Champagne glass) • Rosella flower paste • 15ml Chambord • Top with Redbank Emily – Then add the olive oil/egg white foam on top majestichotels.com.au