Orgeat Syrup Recipe

A DIY enhancement to your tiki cocktails


By Marcia Simmons
This article originally appeared at Drink of the Week

Orgeat is an almond syrup that adds a lightly sweet, nutty flavor to cocktails.

The Mai Tai is the most well-known drink that contains orgeat--although many recipes skip it in favor of grenadine, simple syrup or other more common ingredients.

There are several fine commercial orgeats on the market, along with many too-sweet, artificial-tasting varieties.
Darcy O'Neil has a fantastic recipe for orgeat, if you want to take the time to make it right. However, if you want to experiment with a quick recipe, here's one you can try. The flavor is deeper, richer and less sugary than the ones you'll typically find in the store and it'll do the job in any cocktail.


8 oz. slivered almonds
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup water
3 dashes orange blossom water

Toast almonds at 400 degrees for five minutes, shaking half way through. Pulverize the almonds after they've cooled, using a blender or food processor. Heat the sugar and water until it boils, then add the almonds. Simmer and remove from heat once it boils. Cover the mixture and let it sit for at least three hours up to 12 hours. Strain through cheese cloth and add the orange blossom water. Add vodka to preserve, if desired.

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  • Where can I find orange blossom water? Anything I can substitute?

    Apr 20, 2011 at 6:37 AM

  • Snooth User: Jylle L
    797576 2

    You can buy it at Amazon, believe it or not.

    Apr 23, 2011 at 5:22 PM

  • Snooth User: fidgit
    570280 12

    Most middle eastern and some Asian grocery stores sell it

    Apr 26, 2011 at 10:39 PM

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