I came up for this recipe after experimenting with making orgeat and horchata…all deriving from the same word and basic idea. Making a “milk” from a grain or nut and sweetening it. By itself it is a refreshing cool summer drink when mixed with water and ice…But it is also a great ingredient in cocktails.
The classic Mai Tai is the best example of a cocktail based on almond orgeat.
Most commercial orgeats are not made with almonds though and are artificially flavored. I wanted to make my own and use real almonds. I then wanted to try other grains and nuts and did one made with cashew, oatmeal, and barley. Barley was one of the original ways of making orgeat in France.
2 oz of Tres Generaciones or Partida Blanco Tequila
1 oz of Homemade Almond Horchata(cinnamon spiced orgeat)
.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
The Lime is for extra acidity to balance the sweet orgeat. The Orange juice is too sweet to do this on its own.
Hard shake all ingredients. Strain over fresh iced collins glass. Try over crushed ice. or serve up and a dusting of cinnamon. garnish with an orange triangle or a roasted almond soaked in tequila
Use the recipe for Cashew orgeat from the january posts…substitute raw crushed almonds for the cashews…add cinnamon sticks to syrup, steep and strain…
this recipe is great with the cashew orgeat as well…
I named this after a very good friend…Citlalli Martinez…