Orgeat is an almond syrup commonly used in cocktails (particularly tiki drinks), and if you've ever had it before, you know just how much it elevates everything it touches. It's an infamously time-consuming ingredient to make, so many people opt for store-bought versions, but honestly, it's just not the same. That's why we came out with a homemade orgeat almond syrup recipe for anyone who's craving the real thing.
Since then, we've discovered a way to breathe even more life into this delicious tiki bar staple, and it comes down to sugar. Our previous recipe called for regular sugar but, if you're looking to pull out a deeper molasses flavor, try mixing half regular sugar and half brown sugar. The rich toffee notes in the brown sugar pair beautifully with the unique nuttiness of the almonds. If you're using it in tiki drinks that contain rum, the mixture really starts to shine since rum, especially dark rum, has a similar flavor profile. When you serve your homemade orgeat tiki drinks to your guests, they will be blown away by your mastery of one of mixology's most difficult genres.
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What To Do With Orgeat
In the tiki cocktail scene, there are few drinks as iconic as the Mai Tai, which is really orgeat's claim to fame. But, it's not the only thing you can do with the sweet almond syrup. If we're strictly talking cocktails, Army & Navy is a classic that combines gin, lemon juice, and orgeat together for a surprisingly balanced combination of flavors. If you're late to the party and trying to catch up, give the Fog Cutter a try. Another tiki classic, this beauty combines rum, cognac, and gin together into a dangerously drinkable masterpiece — just don't forget that this dog has a boozy bite.
For those of you who don't partake, don't worry, there are plenty of other delicious ways to enjoy orgeat. Mocktails are an easy sell since everyone knows the syrup works so well in cocktails. A lesser-known trick? Try adding orgeat to your morning coffee or tea to explore a new dimension of your daily routine. The syrup brings the sweetness you want but has the additional complexity of the almonds. Just try it, you'll thank us later.
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