Orgeat Syrup

Mai Tais with decorative orchids, close-up
Orgeat syrup is an important ingredient in the mai tai cocktail. Getty Images/Angela Wyant

Orgeat (pronounced "or-zat") syrup is an almond-flavored syrup that is commonly used in cocktails, most notably in the Mai Tai, as well as other tiki and classic cocktails. For those designing a "classic" bar, orgeat is an essential mixer to have in stock.

The syrup is typically made of blanched almonds, water, sugar, and orange flower water. It is available online and in liquor storesĀ or you can make it yourself.

Orgeat Syrup Cocktails