This sweet, nutty syrup 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 tsp 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 three 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 two 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 two weeks.