Orgeat (orj-yacht) is an almond syrup made with orange blossom water, used in a variety of cocktails, most notably in the Mai Tai. Most industrial orgeats contain artificial almond flavor and corn syrup. While you can find small batch orgeats that use quality ingredients, these tend to be both expensive and limited in availability.
The good news is you can make your own at home on the cheap, using the two recipes we’ve developed. The first recipe is for purists and must steep overnight. The second uses store-bought almond milk, has just two steps, and can be made in about 10 minutes (plus cooling time).
For both, we recommend using a high-quality orange blossom water. It will make this syrup sing with citrus notes and the aromatics of fresh spring flowers.