The sweet almond syrup known as orgeat is essential for many Tiki cocktails, from the Mai Tai to the Scorpion, Fog Cutter and more.
- 2 cups blanched almonds (If you prefer to use bitter almonds, find them online or at a Mediterranean grocery store)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon orange flower water
- 1 ounce brandy
Pulse almonds in a food processor until finely ground. Combine the sugar and water in a pot over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves completely. Boil the syrup for 3 minutes, then add in the ground almonds. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for another three minutes, then slowly increase the temperature to medium-high. Just before it starts to boil, remove it from the heat and cover with a lid.
Allow the covered nut mixture to infuse for at least 3 hours or up to 8 hours. Then strain it through 2 layers of cheesecloth, discarding the ground almonds for another use. Stir the orange flower water and brandy into the nutty syrup. Use a small funnel to portion the orgeat into bottles or a jar. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.