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Jun 29, 2009 12:26 PM

Should I make my own orgeat. . .

Or is there a good one out there I can buy in Boston?

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  1. make your own. it will only require about an hour active time about four hours total between letting the almonds soak etc. Then start making mai tais

    1. Some italian groceries in the area carry orzata, which is the italian version - thick almond syrup. I bought some at a place on Mass. Ave past Porter square, and it tastes great.

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      1. re: craigasaurus

        I have bought the Orzata at Capone's (same store but in Union Square). It was the best I tried before I switched to BG Reynolds/Trader Tiki, but there was still something artificial about it. The real stuff is richer flavored and more subtle. The Fee's on the other end is sugar, thickener, and almond extract.

        I have not made my own. I do not mind spending that much time (such as making my own pineapple gomme syrup,etc.), I just do not use enough orgeat to come to a crossroads where I have to decide if I want to make it myself.

      2. Stop by the Boston Shaker, they should have several excellent ones. Otherwise if you have the time of course make your own.

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        1. re: JMF


          The Fee brand is more like sweetened, thickened almond extract. I buy it and use it for kids drinks (along with sour cherry syrup and soda water and maybe some Bittermen's Hopped Grapefruit Bitters). It's quite cheap for that use.

          For you, they have "Trader Tiki", which is now B.G.Reynolds' because of a trademark issue with Trader Vic's (unrelated). So don't be confused if the bottle does or doesn't say Trader Tiki. I have this and it's good. It is also stable in the refrigerator for a long time.

          I have not tried the recipe on KC, but I believe it to be superior to commercially available alternatives (because I trust the author). It does not keep indefinitely, however.
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          1. re: EvergreenDan

            OT, but can you share some of your kids drink recipes?

            1. re: isadorasmama

              "Recipe" would be too strong. ;) I generally keep Fee Orgreat and Marco Polo brand Sour Cherry syrup on hand. Both keep for a long time if refrigerated. I generally combine roughly equal parts and add seltzer water. The amount depends upon the kid. My daughter likes it fairly dilute. Some kids are used to drinking soda (pop), and need a fair amount.

              Bittermen's Hopped Grapefruit Bitters goes very well in it, and my 11 yo daughter likes a bit of bitters. (This may be more to seem grown-up, than actual taste preference -- don't know).

              Inexpensive grenadine also works ok (although it's mostly just color), as does agave syrup, honey syrup, and so forth. Fruit juice (orange, pineapple, etc) also can go in any of these. If you use a bunch of crushed ice and a fairly small glass, it isn't that much sugar for a kid. I use inexpensive ingredients since they can go through a lot. A fancy straw, umbrella, or plastic tike garnish (plastic animals) can make it extra fun.

              I keep the syrups in squeeze bottles and I sometimes let them mix it themselves, if I trust them. Some kids, however, would serve themselves 8 oz of pure syrup if you let them. ;)

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            2. re: EvergreenDan

              Personally I am not a huge fan of the BG stuff -- I find the brown color to render my drinks somewhat, well, brown. And the flavor behind the color -- roasty and toasty -- tastes great on its own but I think it makes drinks taste just a bit on the muddy side.

              My favorite is Routin 1883, which you can find on any number of web sites.

              By the way, I also make an orgeat-based "cocktail" for my daughter (who is five): 1 oz orgeat, 2 dashes each Ango and Fee WBA, 5 oz water, ice. (She actually prefers flat water over sparkling for some odd reason.)

              1. re: davis_sq_pro

                Both those bitters would go with cherry, too, in a Christmas-y kind of way. I'll have to try that out on my youngun.

          2. i would recommend small hand foods orgeat

            also the pinnaple gum syrup makes a killer pina colada

            1. I'll sound off as one of the "make your own" school. The commercially made is hard to find in my area and I liked the results I got from the recipe I tried. It's Jason Wilson's from Boozehound. Took two days but was complex and delicious. It does make a LOT however.