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Red Beans & Rice Orgeat

Image: Tim Nusog

Orgeat, the staple sweetener used in Tiki drinks, is made with almonds. But if you have a nut allergy, this is a great alternative. The red beans give it the feel of adzuki (sweet red bean mash popular in Chinese pastries), and the citrus in orange blossom water complements the vanilla beans better and makes the orgeat a little more versatile for classic Tiki drinks.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “This Is the Only Nut-Free Orgeat Recipe You'll Ever Need.”


  • 2 cup Dry red beans
  • 4 cup White rice
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 2 oz Orange blossom water
  • 3 Vanilla beans
  • 8 cup Sugar


  1. In a large rondeau pot, toast beans and rice until lightly browned.

  2. Add vodka, orange blossom water, vanilla beans and 8 cups water and bring to a boil.

  3. Remove from heat, strain liquid and reserve liquid.

  4. Put resulting mash back in pot, add 8 cups sugar and 8 cups water.

  5. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, strain and reserve liquid.

  6. Combine mash and both reserved liquids.

  7. Keeps in refrigerator for up to one month.