Sugarplum Oliveto

An Oliveto just might be my all-time favourite cocktail. It’s citrusy and bright, with a noticeable meringue taste and texture. At first, I found it so bizarre that there was olive oil in the recipe. Well, the olive oil does wonderful things, let me tell you! This drink is not too sweet, and in fact, I’d say you could practically call this one a health food. The Oliveto recipe is taken from Imbibe Magazine, and I’ve added a Christmas twist with some plum bitters which add a fruity aroma and flavour. This drink is so good, it has me dancing around like a sugarplum fairy (okay, the booze might have something to do with it, too).

Licor 43 is a very nice Spanish liqueur that you should be able to find at most well stocked liquor stores. It’s easy to make a cocktail taste delicious with this stuff, and is also good in tea or coffee. In other words, it’s worth adding this one to your liquor cabinet because you will find many uses for it!

Sugarplum Oliveto

Sugarplum Oliveto

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink
  • Category: Cocktails


The Oliveto from Imbibe Magazine, created by Marvel Bar’s Pip Hanson. Some plum bitters give this a Christmas twist. 


2 oz. dry gin

1 oz fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz agave syrup or simple syrup (2:1 sugar:water)

1/4 oz Licor 43 (see note)

1/2 oz full bodied extra virgin olive oil

1 fresh egg white

Ice cubes

Plum bitters

Tools: shaker, strainer

Glass: rocks to chill




Combine all ingredients, except ice, and shake hard to emulsify.

Add ice cubes, and shake hard for an additional 20 seconds, then strain into your chilled glass. Add 10 drops of plum bitters. 


Licor 43 should be available at most well-stocked liquor stores. 

Keywords: oliveto, cocktail, drink, gin, licor 43, olive oil, lemon, plum, plum bitters, christmas


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