Orgeat

“There’s a brightness that fresh ingredients bring to it,” says Daniel Shoemaker, owner of Portland, Ore.’s Teardrop Cocktail Lounge. “In a cocktail, the almond and viscosity of homemade orgeat syrup shine through in ways that a store-bought product never would.” Shoemaker started making his own orgeat after being disappointed by the artificial-tasting flavors and high-fructose corn syrup he found in some store-bought brands. Inspired by a recipe that was originally conceived by Darcy O’Neil, keeper of the Art of Drink blog, Shoemaker eventually settling on what would become Teardrop’s house orgeat recipe.

Orgeat
Adapted from imbibemagazine.com
Orgeat

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Adapted from imbibemagazine.com

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4

    cups raw almonds, sliced

  • 3 1/2

    cups tap water

  • 3 1/2

    cups distilled water

  • 1/2

    cup organic cane sugar

  • 1

    oz. vodka

  • 1/4

    tsp. orange blossom water, or to taste

  • OR:

  • 2

    cups slivered almonds (toast and grind/pulverize)

  • 1 1/4

    cups water and 1 1/4 cups sugar boiled constantly stirring three minutes; add pulverized almonds and stir 3 minutes; cover and sit for 6 hours; strain/squeeze.

Directions

-Place sliced almonds in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Cover with tap water and let sit for 30 minutes. Strain, discarding water. -In a food processor or blender, lightly pulse the almonds until they are coarsely ground. (You can also do this with a rolling pin—to reduce mess, put the almonds in a plastic bag first.) -Return ground almonds to the bowl, cover with distilled water and soak for 4 to 5 hours, stirring the mixture well every hour or so. Strain liquid into a 1-liter glass jar through a cheesecloth-lined strainer, pressing to extract as much as possible. Discard the almonds. -Add sugar to the liquid, close the lid tightly and shake the jar vigorously, repeating several times over 15 minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved. -Add vodka and orange blossom water and stir thoroughly. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Makes 2 to 3 cups of syrup.

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