Homemade Orgeat Syrup

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.
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  • Serves: 12 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Step 2

    On 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.
  3. Step 3

    In a food processor or chopper, chop the almonds to a fine but still coarse grind (not the sand-like texture of almond flour ).
  4. Step 4

    Transfer 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.
  5. Step 5

    Using 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.
  6. Step 6

    In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, gently warm the almond liquid.
  7. Step 7

    Whisk in the sugar and continue stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  8. Step 8

    Strain 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.
  9. Step 9

    Once the syrup has cooled completely, transfer it to a bottle with a tight-sealing lid.
  10. Step 10

    Refrigerate the orgeat syrup and shake before using it in your favorite drinks. Enjoy.