||Home brew orgeat
Joined: Jan 23, 2011
From: Tampa Bay
|Posted: 2011-02-25 09:52 am  Permalink|
so has anybody ever gotten their hands on a dusty bottle of Garnier orgeat to make a comparison with the various homemade recipes?
is it possible the Garnier tasted more like today's sticky sweet commercial orgeat products, and less like the homemade versions?
Joined: Aug 07, 2010
|Posted: 2011-03-02 11:33 pm  Permalink|
Ooops! I know it's on here somewhere, but does anyone remember what the shelf life is for Ahu orgeat #1?
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Joined: Mar 10, 2011
|Posted: 2011-03-10 8:34 pm  Permalink|
Just made my first orgeat using this recipe:
Here's my problem: I have no idea what it's supposed to taste like. I've never been to a decent tiki bar. The only commercial orgeat I've ever gotten ahold of is Fee's (and that stuff can't be right in spite of the bum's endorsement).
It's thicker than I imagined it, maple syrup thick. Also a very dark color (maybe because I used dememara sugar).
Given it's tasty, but what combo of almonds and tons of sugar wouldn't taste good?
And advice for a sort of cross reference, or an opinion on the recipe I used? The only orgeat I've been able to find in my area (Orlando) is one dusty bottle of Finest Call and it didn't look promising.
Joined: Jan 23, 2011
From: Tampa Bay
|Posted: 2011-03-11 08:15 am  Permalink|
I'd be indeed curious how it compares to the Finest Call, the only brand i've been able to find on a shelf (somebody around here carried the Collins brand orgeat a few years ago, but no more).
I once made an 'emergency orgeat' recipe somebody had published, but it was rather weak tasting.
Joined: Mar 31, 2009
From: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
|Posted: 2012-03-10 9:18 pm  Permalink|
Ahu orgeat #1
2 cups of the organic sugar
2 cups of the almond milk
1 cup plain water
4 teaspoons organic almond extract
1 tbsp rose flower water
1/2 cup Cruzan light rum
Combined everything save the rose water and set to boil it in a pot. Once boiling I reduced the heat and simmered it on low (bubbling a good bit) for 25 minutes, whisking occasionally. This was funneled into an empty rum bottle along with the rose water and shaken. Left to cool and rest.
I wanted to resurrect this old topic because I was in a real pinch today, I ran out of my go to Teisseire Orgeat and my shipment won't arrive until next week. Meanwhile, I was jonesing for a Mai Tai really bad this weekend. I bought the Torani, the only orgeat that's sold in the Cincinnati area (aside from the horrible Fee's). Made a round of Mai Tai's with the Torani last night and it was vile. The fake chemical flavor of the Torani ruined my drinks so badly that I couldn't finish mine. I looked through TC for a solution and found this thread, and it saved my weekend.
I made the above recipe and it produced a quick, flavorful and very serviceable orgeat that made a great Mai Tai. I omitted the water in the above recipe and dissolved the sugar directly into the almond milk (the water just seemed like it would dilute the syrup). I also only heated the solution enough to dissolve the sugar and didn't allow it to boil. I also added 1tsp each of both rose water and orange flower water to the syrup after it was off the heat. I didn't use any rum in my orgeat either. I let it cool and, Maita'i roa a'e!, This is some good orgeat. It doesn't have quite the viscosity of a good commercial syrup, but it has a great flavor that's clean and really shines in a drink. Thanks to all of the TCer's who contributed to this great thread, you saved my weekend!