Mysterious Ingredient: What Is Almond Dew?

Mysterious Ingredient: What Is Almond Dew?

Faith Durand
Jul 21, 2010

Whenever I visit the Asian grocery in my neighborhood, I spend a couple extra dollars to pick up something new and interesting. I have discovered favorite products this way — coconut spreads, spicy sauces, fish balls. This time, I picked up a small, irresistibly-titled bottle: Almond Dew. What is this stuff?

The label says that the ingredients are: Almond oil, sugar, and water. Everything else is in Chinese characters, so it was a mystery to me.

When I opened the bottle and tasted the clear liquid inside it definitely tasted of almonds and almond extract, but much less intense than a baking extract. It was also quite sweet, without being syrupy. Rather straightforward: Almond dew, exactly what you think it might be, I concluded.

I don't think that this stuff is concentrated enough to use in baking, but I could definitely see using it in cocktails. Just a few drops would liven up a gin fizz, or add something a little extra to a glass of sparkling water.

Have you ever come across "Almond Dew"? How have you used it?

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