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Jan 17, 2012 12:30 PM

Can I substitute amaretto for orgeat?

Hi everyone,

I love Trinidad Sours (Angostura bitters, orgeat, rye, and lemon juice). I'd like to start making them at home, but I prefer to use things that I already have on hand if I can manage it.

Would it be a terrible idea to substitute Disaronno for the orgeat syrup? I have a feeling it might be a bit harsh but I thought I'd ask the hive mind for their opinion.


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  1. I agree that it might be a bit on the harsh side. Also, the flavor and texture of amaretto are both different than that of orgeat. But why not just give it a try? If worse comes to worse you'll pour maybe $2.00 worth of ingredients down the drain in the name of science. And chances are, whatever the result is will at least be decent enough to drink.

    1. I can see subbing out ingredients in a pinch, but planning to make a drink and not having the right ingredient (especially when it's not a $50 one but an $8 one) isn't optimal. There's definitely a difference between real orgeat (homemade or BG Reynold's), artificially flavored orgeat (like Fee's), and Amaretto.

      Using regular simple syrup (1 part sugar to 1 part water) might make a neutral ingredient to provide the sweetness to balance the tartness, bitterness, and booziness. Perhaps with a dash of almond extract thrown in. This is not the same as homemade orgeat, but it might work in the recipe.

      1. One of my favorite drinks!

        I agree with what the others have said. I might add:

        1) Luxardo Amaretto is much, much better than Disaronno. I believe it is actually made with almonds, rather than apricot pits.
        2) Amaretto has the flavor of almond extract.
        3) Orgeat has the flavor of almond nuts themselves.

        So if you were forced to use Amaretto, I'd use a lot less of it than the recipe call for, making up for the difference with simple syrup and/or less lemon.

        The Boston Shaker sells Orgeat mail order ( They also sometimes have Angostura in really big bottles.

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        1. I have both at home and in Mai Tais actually use some of both. I think as long as you add it gradually and don't over do it you are fine. I do agree that the Luxardo product is much better then Disaronno. Once you try it you will never go back to Disaronno.

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          1. re: StriperGuy

            Have you had Lazzaroni Amaretto? I got some while on vacation and it seems good to me, though I have never had the Luxardo and I haven't tried it side by side with Disaronno. It was about the same price as Disaronno, $10 for a 375.

            1. re: ncyankee101

              Don't think I have, but have seen it on the shelf. The Luxardo product really is quite spectacular.