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Orgeat Syrup

Place 2 1/4 cups of raw,d sice almonds in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Cover with 3 1/2 cups of tap water and let sit for 30 minutes. Strain, discarding the water.

In a food processor or blender, lightly pulse the almonds until they are coarsely ground. (You can also do this with a rolling pin—to reduce mess, put the almonds in a plastic bag first.)

Return the ground almonds to the bowl, cover with 3 1/2 cups of distilled water and soak for 4 to 5 hours, stirring the mixture well every hour or so. Strain liquid into a 1-liter glass jar through a cheesecloth-lined strainer, pressing to extract as much as possible. Discard the almonds.

Add 1/2 cup of cane sugar to the liquid, close the lid tightly and shake the jar vigorously, repeating several times over 15 minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved.

Add 1 oz. of vodka and 1/4 tsp. orange blossom water and stir thoroughly. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Makes 2 to 3 cups of syrup.

From Imbibe Magazine

Tommy Bahama’s Mai Tai

1 part Flor de Caña 4-year rum
1 part orgeat syrup
1 part Curaçao orange liqueur
½ part lime juice
¾ part scratch sour mix
¾ part pineapple juice
1 part dark rum (float)

Build in a shaker except for the dark rum.
Add ice.
Shake well until chilled.
Strain over fresh ice.
Top with dark rum.

Scratch Sour Mix:
(Recipe makes 1/2 gallon. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.)

3 oz. egg whites, pasteurized
2 cups sugar
4 cups water
3 ½ cups fresh lemon juice
¼ cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup fresh orange juice
Whisk egg whites in a large bowl until frothy.
Stir in the sugar and mix until incorporated.
Add water and fresh juices and mix thoroughly.


From Tommy Bahama Restaurant in Manhattan

Mai Tai

1 oz Smith and Cross Rum
1 oz Rhum Agricole (or Cruzan Aged Light Rum)
1/2 oz Cointreau
1 oz Toschi Orzata-Orgeat syrup
1 oz fresh lime juice
Mint for garnish

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Strain into rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with mint.