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Almond Orgeat

Use these six ingredients to make a delicious orgeat syrup. Once you are more experienced, you can substitute rose water for the orange flower water, use raw granulated sugar, or make pistachio orgeat by replacing the almonds with pistachios.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Mixers
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Author My Bartender


  • 1 Cup Raw Almonds
  • 1 ½ Cups Distilled Water
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ tsp Orange Flower Water
  • 1 Ounce Brandy or Vodka Optional
  • ¼ tsp Citric Acid Optional


  • There are a few steps involved in making your orgeat, but they are easy to complete and don't require any hard-to-find ingredients. Before you begin, find a large cheesecloth or nut milk bag which can contain all of the almonds.
  • Preheat your oven to 400 F
  • Spread out all of your almonds on your baking sheet and roast them in the oven for 4 minutes, then let them cool for 5 minutes
  • Chop the almonds until they are fine, but not as sand-like as almond flour
  • Put the chopped almonds in a bowl and add the warm water
  • With a fine-mesh strainer and two layers of cheesecloth, squeeze the water from the almonds (you should end up with about one cup of liquid)
  • Warm the liquid at medium heat in a saucepan
  • Whisk in the sugar until it dissolves
  • Strain the liquid through two layers of cheesecloth and stir in the remaining ingredient(s)
  • Let it cool, then transfer the syrup to a bottle and refrigerate