Almond syrup makes a wonderful addition to many different beverages, including iced coffee, mixed whiskeys, and cocktails – but how do you make it at home? This syrup is easy to whip up, and its light, nutty flavor will give any drink an extra “pop” that will make it memorable. It also adds a beautifully floral taste.
How To Make Orgeat Almond Syrup
You will need:
- Sugar: this syrup needs sugar in order to form and create a sweet undertone to the drink.
- Raw almonds: the only way to get that perfect nutty flavor is to add almonds to the syrup, and fresh, raw almonds are the best option. Choose some high quality ones for the ultimate results.
- Filtered water: to maximize the flavor, you want the water to be filtered and fresh.
- Orange flower water: this is necessary for the delightful, soft, fragrant taste and scent of the syrup. It will add a very subtle flavor, but it’s important to include it to “complete” this recipe.
- Vodka: this is optional, but it’s a great way to make the most of your almond syrup, especially if you plan to add it to another alcoholic beverage. If you would rather leave the vodka out, the syrup will work fine without it, so don’t worry if you haven’t got any to hand.
Tips & Tricks
Now you’ve got the almond syrup recipe cracked, let’s look at how to ensure it is a success every time you make it!
- You don’t have to stick to just almonds to make amazing orgeat syrup. Although almonds are the commonest nut used, you can also add other nuts to the almonds, or remove the almonds altogether. Try macadamia nuts, pistachio nuts, hazelnuts, and more. Hazelnut orgeat goes particularly well with hot chocolate!
- If you don’t want to use vodka but you do want to increase the shelf-life of your syrup, try another kind of spirit. You can use brandy or cognac, for example, and both of these will enhance the flavor and make the syrup keep better in the fridge.
- To enhance the sweetness, add a little dash of vanilla extract to your mix once it has cooled. This will go nicely with the flowery flavor.
- Try swirling a little of your orgeat over desserts to give them a rich, syrupy almond flavor. You don’t need much to get a great result.
How do I know if orgeat has gone off?
Orgeat should last for at least a month in the fridge, but if you are concerned, inspect the syrup closely. If it has turned cloudy or there are any flecks of mold on the surface, you will need to throw it away as it is no longer safe to consume.
Should I make orgeat in advance?
Because of the steeping time involved, you should always make orgeat before you want it – at least a day ahead. This syrup will keep well in the fridge and you should be able to freeze it if you need it to last even longer.
Should I use raw sugar or refined sugar?
Either kind will work for this recipe. Because the sugar is heated, it will dissolve into the syrup regardless of the form it takes.
Can I reduce the amount of sugar?
If you find the syrup too sweet, you can slightly cut back on the amount of sugar. However, be aware that the sugar is one of the key preservatives in this recipe, and taking some out may affect how well the syrup keeps. Try to use it up more quickly if you have reduced the sugar.
Orgeat is easy to make at home, even if you don’t have a food processor. You do need to be organized enough to start it at least a day before you want it, because the almonds need to soak, but otherwise, this recipe is easy!