What Exactly is Orgeat Elixir?

March 9th, 2015
by Wilks & Wilson

At Wilks & Wilson, our line of elixirs provides a full range of flavors to satisfy any taste.  http://wilksandwilson.com/products/
Of the seven different elixirs, one of the “staples” has to be Adelaide’s Orgeat.  Pronounced “or-zat”, it is a French name deriving from the Italian word orzata, which means almond.
Our Adelaide’s Orgeat is an almond-infused elixir flavored with rose water. One of our most versatile and popular elixirs, its origin has a colorful history.


                               Adelaide’s Orgeat

After perfecting her savory Orgeat elixir, made from almonds, sugar and rose water, Adelaide used its delicate almond taste to sweeten medicine for young patients at the children’s hospital where she volunteered.
Today, its rich, nutty flavor is used in many ways.  For those desiring a non-alcoholic option, Adelaide’s Orgeat can be combined soda water to create a delectable almond-flavored Italian Soda. It is also used in coffees, fruit drinks like lemonade and food and desserts.
As a flavoring for cocktails, it can be found in many of the classic drinks, including the Scorpion, Japanese cocktail and the traditional French drink called the Momisette. But, the original Mai Tai is probably the most popular cocktail to use orgeat.
Here’s our recipe for Mai Tai:

Simple Mai Tai
2 oz. Jamaican Rum
1/2 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz. Orange Curacao
1/2 oz. Adelaide’s Orgeat
1/2 oz. Gertrude’s Gomme
Crushed Ice
Mint Sprig
Fill a cocktail glass with ice cubes and add the rum, lime juice, Curacao, Orgeat, and Gomme. Cover and shake well, then strain into a Collins glass. Pack the glass with crushed ice, push the mint sprig into the ice, and then serve.
From The Wilks & Wilson Blog Team

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