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Home brew orgeat
jokeiii
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Posted: 2014-07-22 3:32 pm   Permalink

FWIW, try making great with organic almond milk (available at your nearest Hostile Foods), buying the little "kid packs" where available, so you only have to make a little at time.

Using almond milk saves you the whole blanch-squish-strain trip. Just add sugar and orange flower water and rosewater and you're good to go. This is ideal if you're Trader Vic-ing for a whole crowd.

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lll888
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Posted: 2015-09-15 6:10 pm   Permalink

I stumbled on to this thread looking for super quick home-brew Orgeat. Simply as an alternative to the commercial syrups that border $10-12 per bottle and are low quality. I found 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

And it's been working for me. Has anyone ever eliminated water completely from the mix? How did it turn out? Did Ahu ever make #2? Mine seems a bit watery possibly because i'm not cooking it down extensively.


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Bam Bam
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Posted: 2016-08-10 7:02 pm   Permalink

As an experiment, (and because I finally burned through my previous supply) I made a batch of Ahu orgeat #1 without the extra cup of water. I was lucky enough to source a bottle of Orange Blossom Water last weekend, so I used that in place of the rose water. It seems to have turned out pretty well - similar quality of almond flavor to the orgeat I had made from scratch. The mixture didn't have to be reduced as much, so that eliminated about 30 minutes of simmering from the recipe. It certainly manages to impart that warmth of flavor when incorporated in a Mai Tai. So far, a success.

 
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Hakalugi
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Posted: 2016-11-27 8:26 pm   Permalink

Moved here from another thread:

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On 2016-11-27 18:46, mmaurice wrote:
Has anybody tried making Orgeat based on the recipe found here, https://bevvy.co/articles/how-to-make-orgeat-syrup/887

8 oz (1 cup) unsweetened almond milk
4 oz (0.5 cup) simple syrup
0.5 oz almond extract
0.5 oz orange flower water

How did it taste and compare?



 
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lll888
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Posted: 2016-11-29 11:19 am   Permalink

My previous attempts that used almond milk left nasty residue behind on the glass. Im really happy with this version:

http://www.kaiserpenguin.com/the-perfect-orgeat-syrup-recipe/

[used pre-roasted almonds].



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JeffCleveland
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Posted: 2016-11-29 11:59 am   Permalink


At Whole Foods I found New Barn Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk. The only ingredients are Organic Almondmilk (Spring Water, Organic Almonds), Organic Acacia Gum and Sea Salt. I have always added a tiny amount of salt to my orgeat anyway and the acacia gum is to make sure it actually comes back together when you shake it. I simply brought it to a simmer and whisked in an equal amount of granulated sugar until it dissolved, turned off the heat and added the rose water and orange flower water. Once it cooled I bottled it and it's delicious.



 
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TikiHardBop
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Posted: 2016-11-29 2:38 pm   Permalink

The Kaiser Penguin is my go-to recipe as well. Just made another batch this weekend.

 
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PalmtreePat
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Posted: 2016-11-30 10:15 am   Permalink

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On 2016-11-29 11:59, JeffCleveland wrote:

At Whole Foods I found New Barn Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk. The only ingredients are Organic Almondmilk (Spring Water, Organic Almonds), Organic Acacia Gum and Sea Salt. I have always added a tiny amount of salt to my orgeat anyway and the acacia gum is to make sure it actually comes back together when you shake it. I simply brought it to a simmer and whisked in an equal amount of granulated sugar until it dissolved, turned off the heat and added the rose water and orange flower water. Once it cooled I bottled it and it's delicious.





I do a similar maneuver with Pacific brand almond milk, which is made from roasted almonds so you get that nice flavor sort of like the toasted orgeat.


 
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Tiki Drifter
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Posted: 2017-05-12 11:03 am   Permalink

In making the recipe from the Smuggler's Cove book, is the one hour cool down just to make the pulp easier to handle for straining, or is the liquid being infused at this point as well?
I ask because in a lot of the recipes around the web, the pulp is left to steep for hours and hours.
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Hamo
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From: Colorado (via Iowa)
Posted: 2017-06-26 11:20 pm   Permalink

CRISIS BUMP!

Yesterday I looked at my Tiki History calendar to discover that June 30 is National Mai Tai Day. I'M OUT OF ORGEAT! If only I'd ordered some from BG Reynolds last week when I'd thought of it. Getting any other brand requires driving an hour both ways to a liquor store, time which I don't have between now and Friday. And not only do I not have a lot of time, I'm also super lazy, so Martin's recipe in the Smuggler's Cove book sounds too labor intensive for me at the moment.

After perusing this thread, I'm considering two options: an "emergency" almond milk based recipe, or Kaiser Penguin's Perfect Orgeat. (Another wrinkle: I may not be able to get orange flower or rose water in town, either.)

Anyone have suggestions or recommendations based on recent experimentation?


 
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Bam Bam
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Posted: 2017-06-27 08:30 am   Permalink

If you have access to a flowering rosebush - or even a reasonably-priced flower shop - it's actually pretty easy to make rose water at home. It's what I did for my first experiments with orgeat.

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CosmoReverb
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Posted: 2017-06-27 08:52 am   Permalink

Not that they are particularly common in most locales, but be sure and check your area for any Middle Eastern/Arabic/Persian grocery stores.

I make my own orgeat as well as my own falernum and am lucky enough to have a great Middle Eastern supermarket by my work. It's a terrific, one-stop shopping location for every ingredient in both of those recipes, including all of the harder-to-find items and especially orange-blossom and rose waters in particular.


 
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Hamo
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Posted: 2017-06-27 7:19 pm   Permalink

Crisis averted! Stopped by one local liquor store this evening to find that they just started carrying orgeat by another customer's request. Thanks for the help, Bam Bam and CosmoReverb; I'll file it away for when I'm not panicked and can I plan ahead to make my own orgeat....

 
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Bam Bam
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Posted: 2017-06-29 09:58 am   Permalink

Made a batch of the Kaiser Pengiun improved orgeat. It came out quite dark and cloudy due to the skins, but certainly full of flavor - and got a big batch of candied almonds out of it to boot!



 
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mikehooker
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Posted: 2017-06-29 10:04 am   Permalink

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On 2017-06-29 09:58, Bam Bam wrote:
Made a batch of the Kaiser Pengiun improved orgeat. It came out quite dark and cloudy due to the skins, but certainly full of flavor - and got a big batch of candied almonds out of it to boot!






Those look like walnuts.


 
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