Homemade Orgeat Syrup
A nutty, floral drink sweetener famously used in the mai tai, making orgeat syrup at home from almonds is easy. Learn how and discover drink ideas.
- Serves: 12 persons
- 1cup whole raw almonds
- 1 ½cups warm distilled water (about 100 F)
- 1cup granulated sugar
- ½teaspoon orange flower water
- Optional: 1 ounce brandy or vodka
- Optional: 1/4 teaspoon citric acid
Step 1Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Step 2On a rimmed baking sheet , spread the almonds out in a single layer. Toast in the oven for 4 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes.
Step 3In a food processor or chopper, chop the almonds to a fine but still coarse grind (not the sand-like texture of almond flour ).
Step 4Transfer the ground almonds to a large bowl and cover them with warm water. Let soak for 1 to 3 hours, depending on how strong you would like the almond flavor.
Step 5Using a fine-mesh strainer and two large layers of cheesecloth, squeeze all of the liquid from the almonds into a deep bowl. The almond pulp should be almost completely dry and you'll have about 1 cup of liquid.
Step 6In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, gently warm the almond liquid.
Step 7Whisk in the sugar and continue stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Step 8Strain the orgeat syrup through two layers of clean cheesecloth. Stir in the orange flower water and, if using, the brandy or vodka and citric acid.
Step 9Once the syrup has cooled completely, transfer it to a bottle with a tight-sealing lid.
Step 10Refrigerate the orgeat syrup and shake before using it in your favorite drinks. Enjoy.