Easy Orgeat Syrup
If you are into Tiki or Polynesian cocktails, you will find a lot of the classics calling for Orgeat. This is a syrup which has an almond base. The recipe commonly used does include orange flower water if you make it at home. You can buy it in the store, but it is expensive and is nothing like the real thing. You can also buy it online but then you have to pay shipping which costs just as much as the product. The real thing is a long tedious process which will probably make you reach for the stuff in the supermarket, or as some recipes suggest a drop of pure almond extract instead.
There is an easy out I would suggest you just use an almond liqueur like Amaretto, although many will argue its not nearly the same. For me, the taste is so similar and you are using so little of it, its not an issue especially when its going to get buried in a bunch of other cocktail ingredients. I will admit that orgeat has a stronger, bolder flavor, so if you want to take the time to make it, try this longer version of an orgeat recipe.
But if not, and you want a fast and easy homemade version, here it is:
- 3 ounces (90ml) White Sugar
- 3 ounces (90ml) Spring Water
- 3 ounces (90ml) Almond Milk (get unsweetened if you can)
- 1/4 ounce (10ml) Pure Almond Extract
- 1/4 ounce (1oml) Orange Flower Water
- 1/4 ounces (10ml) Brandy
Bring water to a simmer and add in the sugar. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow it to cool and add in the orange flower water, almond extract and brandy. Add the almond milk last. Shake it up well, store it in a bottle in the fridge for up to a month. You should be glad just glad you saved $25 and can now spend that on a bottle of rum!