3 Refreshing Tiki Drinks for a Hot Weekend

July 22, 2016 | By | Comments (2)

We’re celebrating the weekend with some boozy Tiki cocktails that have one delicious thing in common: orgeat syrup. Orgeat is made with almonds, sugar, water, and orange blossom water. You can buy orgeat syrup, or make it at home with our recipe below. Watch the video we made with Food Editor Chris Hughes and Test Kitchen Pro Karen Rankin here!

Tiki drink on the beach

Photo: Joao Virissimo

Orgeat Syrup
2 cups blanched almonds
11/2 cups sugar
11/4 cups water
1 teaspoon orange blossom water
1 ounce brandy

  1. In a saucepan, cook water and sugar until sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil.
  2. Add almonds and simmer on low heat, stirring.
  3. Remove mixture from heat before it comes to a boil. Cover and let stand three hours or overnight.
  4. Strain through a cheesecloth, squeezing the cloth to extract as much of the mixture as possible.
  5. Stir in orange blossom water and brandy.
  6. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Mai Tai
1 ounce lime juice
1 ounce dark rum
1 ounce light rum
½ ounce Cointreau
1 ounce orgeat

Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, shake, and strain into a tall, ice-filled glass.

Orgeat Lemonade
1 ounce lemon juice
2 ounces orgeat
3 ounces water

Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, shake, and strain into a tall, ice-filled glass.

Royal Hawaiian
11/2 ounces gin
1 ounce pineapple juice
¾ ounce orgeat syrup
½ ounce lemon juice

Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and strain into a frozen coupe glass.


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