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Feb 3, 2010 04:49 AM

ISO orgeat syrup

Gotta have it. I want to make a true Trader Vic's Mai Tai.

I live in Nashua, but would be fine traveling north to Concord or south to the north side of Boston.

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  1. Few years back I found this at Harrington Liquors in Chelmsford on Summer St. Haven't been in there for a while, you should call ahead. Let me know how you make out, I had a craving for Fogcutters last week!

    1. The Fee Brothers product is decent and not hard to find in MA: look in the non-alcoholic mixers section alongside stuff like bottled Grenadine. It's a quart-sized plastic bottle of milky-white stuff.

      Orgeat syrup isn't hard to make at home, but requires some ingredients that are harder to find than the Fee Bros orgeat, like orange flower water and rose water. Good recipe here:

      Fresh lime juice makes this a really nicely tart but balanced Tiki drink. For the rum, I find the Appleton Estate V/X works great, and it's not too pricey. The Trader Vic's recipe also calls for CuraƧao, but quality brands of that hard to find, so I tend to use Marie Brizzard Triple Sec instead. I also bought myself a Hawaiice electric ice shaver so I can crank these out for parties.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        Christina's, Arax + Sevan + Massais, even some Market Baskets in that order are places In the Boston Area to find ingredients like orange flower water/rose water and others for syrups, grenadine, etc. Not really certain about Orgeat Syrup North of Boston, but closer to Boston a couple of good liquor stores which have easy access to 93 are Rapid Liquors in Stoneham and Atlas in Medford. And since MC's link had blood orange food porn, Roberto's Liquors is a good source of those (sometimes Italian, sometimes californian), but Market Basket also carries them sometime and Arax (or Russo's nearby).

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Fee's Orgeat tastes chemically to me, and we dumped our bottle.

          We went to an Italian foods specialty store (Capone's Foods in Somerville) and got Orzata made with sugar instead of corn syrup, and will never go back to that Fee's crap.

          We also received a bottle of Trader Tiki's artisanal orgeat which should be available at the Boston Shaker in Somerville as well as mail order direct from TT or tBS:

          1. re: yarm

            Interesting. I bought Orzata at Capone's too (the one on Mass Ave, as was recommended in an older thread) for a first project and wasn't aware of this difference. I guess sticking with Orzata is the way rather than assuming Fee's is the right one.

            1. re: chickendhansak

              After meeting Joe Fee at Tales of the Cocktail, the guy does not seem to want to make things better for cocktailians, just producing better distributed knock-offs. And I forgot about the Capone's on Mass Ave since it's out of my 'hood.

              1. re: yarm

                I recently bought the Fee Bros. falernum syrup, and although it's passable, I keep thinking I should have sprung for the Velvet Falernum.

            2. re: yarm

              Yeah, I don't advocate buying bottled anything when you can make your own, as I now do with orgeat. But most people won't work that hard for a drink, and Fee's is probably the easiest one for the OP to actually get his hands on.

              The Torani orgeat is cane-sweetened and good, if you can find that.


              1. re: MC Slim JB

                I've been on the hunt for the Torani. Torani's web site has store locator option, but the stores that I've tried from their site don't have it.

                Will have to keep looking.

                1. re: ecwashere7

                  If you follow the "close to 93" plan, Bob's on Main Street in Medford and Rosebud Farms in Malden might have it, but I would call first. Roberto's carries less things along these lines. Sessa's in Davis Square used to carry it, but they turn over their stock. (And for those in the Boston area with a card, Restaurant Depot usually carries it and Torani syrups sometimes show up at TJ Maxx/Marshalls.)

                  In Nashua, not certain but one other plan is if you have a cafe which uses it for Italian sodas or espresso drinks ask them if they would sell you a bottle.

                  1. re: itaunas

                    Can confirm a Torani Orgeat sighting last weekend at Restaurant Depot in Needham.

                    1. re: nsenada

                      And probably orderable from Sysco.

                      Accardi distributes Monin and I have seen it around in the past, but I would ask somewhere like Capone's (who carries a lot of stuff from Accardi) if they would try ordering it.

                      1. re: itaunas

                        I've also seen Monin syrups at TJ Maxx & Marshall's - in fact, I'm fairly certain that we have a bottle of Monin orgeat that came from there. Totally hit or miss what you may find there on any given visit, but well worth keeping an eye out.

                      2. re: nsenada

                        Saw it again and picked it up for $5.99 at restaurant depot in Needham

                    2. re: ecwashere7

                      Might be a hike for you but Perkins Paper Restaurant Store in Taunton, MA definitely carries it. I have seen it when I'd shopped there. They used to carry Torani but now carries Monin. I have seen the Monin version there too. You can give them a call,

                      They also have store locations in Worcester & Providence


                  2. re: yarm

                    How does the Trader Tiki stuff compare in flavor to the Italian orzata?

                    BTW, I've had best luck with the Monin and Routin brands, both of which are readily available on several Web sites.

                2. You can find Orzata, the Italian word for the same almond syrup, several places in the North End. I beleive I've seen it at Policari's Coffee, J Pace & Son, and V. Cirace & Son. Most carry the Ferrara brand, which is made from sugar rather than corn syrup. I find I prefer it to the Fee product and think it's second only to the Monin brand, which is very hard to find.

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                  1. re: Vin Ordinaire

                    Just saw that Cirelli carries the Fabbri brand of Orzata (listed under "Mixybar Orgeat"). How do they compare, quality-wise? I was thinking of pulling the trigger on some of their passion fruit compound.

                  2. I use some lebanese Almond syrup from Arax and a splash of Luxardo Amaretto. The combo give that perfect almondy flavor to my Mai Tais.

                    1. I bought it at Whole Foods several years ago.