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We'd like our orgeat with real almonds, please. [Photograph: silver-john on Shutterstock]

Orgeat (pronounced "or-zsa," like Zsa Zsa Gabor) is like liquid marzipan. While it's best known as a part of a good Mai Tai, this almond syrup is also an exotic substitute for simple syrup or grenadine in mixed drinks or a fun addition to pie fillings, milk shakes, and even coffee.

Store in the refrigerator, for no more than 1 month.
This orgeat is darker in color than some other recipes because the skins are left on the almonds. I like the richer color and extra almond flavor this adds. If you prefer a sweeter, milky-white orgeat, use blanched almonds.
Since there are oils in almonds, the syrup will separate. Shake before each use.
Orange flower water can be found at some grocery stores as well as Mediterranean markets, as well as online.

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