Orgeat Syrup

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Orgeat Syrup is an almond simple syrup.  It's an important ingredient in tiki drinks like the Mai Tai or the japanese cocktail.  It is also great in pineapple juice or milk. 

The vodka is added to extend the shelf life for the syrup but can be omitted.

Makes about 1 1/2 cup. 

Orgeat Syrup

2 cups raw almonds

1 1/2 cup water

1 1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon orange blossom water

1 ounce vodka

Place almonds in a bowl and cover with water.  Soak for 30 minutes.  Drain.  Transfer almonds into a food processor and process about 1 minute until almonds are a course crumb.  

Heat water, sugar and pulverized almonds in a pot on the stove.  Stir until sugar is dissolved.  Do not boil but heat for 15 minutes.  Turn off heat and let stand 2 hours.  Add orange blosson water and vodka.  Strain through cheese cloth or a fine mesh strainer.  Store in fridge up to 2 weeks.