This article originally appeared at Drink of the Week
Orgeat is an almond syrup that adds a lightly sweet, nutty flavor to cocktails.
The Mai Tai is the most well-known drink that contains orgeat--although many recipes skip it in favor of grenadine, simple syrup or other more common ingredients.
There are several fine commercial orgeats on the market, along with many too-sweet, artificial-tasting varieties.
8 oz. slivered almonds
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup water
3 dashes orange blossom water
Toast almonds at 400 degrees for five minutes, shaking half way through. Pulverize the almonds after they've cooled, using a blender or food processor. Heat the sugar and water until it boils, then add the almonds. Simmer and remove from heat once it boils. Cover the mixture and let it sit for at least three hours up to 12 hours. Strain through cheese cloth and add the orange blossom water. Add vodka to preserve, if desired.