Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sweet flavoring of orange and almond used in cocktails and food.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sweet syrup made from sugar and almonds (or originally barley) and rose water or orange flower water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sirup in which, formerly, a decoction of barley entered, but which is now prepared with an emulsion of almonds, -- used to flavor beverages or edibles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A syrup made from almonds (originally barley), sugar, and Orange-flower water.

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from Old Provençal orjat, from ordj, orge, barley, from Latin hordeum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French, from orge barley, Latin hordeum. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • We discovered the wonderful pairing of fresh ginger, almond syrup called "orgeat," Scotch and soda water.

    Slashfood

  • Martin Ramin for The Wall Street Journal Trader Tiki Orgeat The Fog Cutter This classic contains rum, but the inclusion of cognac, citrus and almond-flavored orgeat syrup we like Trader Tiki's makes it a subtly sweet introduction to Tiki.

    Tiki's Next Wave

  • Besides raspberry, the company also makes pineapple syrup, orgeat and real pomegranate grenadine.

    Cocktails That Complete Me: The Knickerbocker and Blinker

  • Combine the rum, rhum agricole, Grand Marnier, orgeat syrup, falernum, absinthe and juices in a Collins or highball glass (or tiki mug) and fill with crushed ice.

    Spirits: Back in New Orleans, conferencing

  • The orgeat (almond) syrup is available at some Mediterranean markets; syrup made by Fee Brothers can be ordered online through Amazon. com.

    Spirits: Back in New Orleans, conferencing

  • “Do pour me some of that orgeat, Miss Lake,” Lady Minerva said as she held out her glass.

    A Hellion in Her Bed

  • I shall drown them in an artisanal orgeat syrup and garnish with mint.

    What Is Twitter?

  • And at the nut shop they were selling off orgeat, cheaply.

    gillpolack: I've had a lot of small good fortunes to

  • Not real orgeat - an almond cordial, really - but it had the right combo of bitter and sweet almonds and I can use it.

    Even in a little thing

  • Before ordering a Mai Tai, make sure the bartender knows that it is a drink of rum, fresh lime juice, orange curaçao and orgeat (almond syrup).

    A Valedictory Toast

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