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Hazelnut Orgeat Syrup

  • Author: Adriana
  • Prep Time: 4 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: ~ 1 cup
  • Category: Recipes, condiment
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Orgeat


Hazelnut orgeat is a sweet, nutty, and roasty flavored syrup commonly used in tiki drinks! We think orgeat syrup deserves a place on every home chef’s kitchen shelf so today we’ll show you how to make your own hazelnut orgeat!


  • 1 cup hazelnuts (or other nut)
  • 1 cup cane sugar (or white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch salt


  • 1 teaspoon orange flower water or 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 12 tablespoons vodka or brandy, to preserve


  1. Toast the nuts in a skillet over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring often until browned and fragrant. Alternatively, you can roast the nuts on a baking sheet in a 350* oven for 15 minutes, removing every 5 minutes to stir/shake the pan until toasted.
  2. Dice the nuts by hand with a kitchen knife, or pulse in a food processor until finely diced.
  3. Add the roasted & diced nuts, sugar, water, and salt to a small pot over medium heat.
  4. Bring to a simmer and simmer gently for 5-7 minutes, stirring continuously so the syrup does not overflow out of the pot.
  5. Leave the orgeat to steep for a minimum of 4 hours, up to 12 hours for maximum flavor and aroma.
  6. Strain the syrup from the nuts and add orange flower water and liquor, if using.
  7. Place syrup into an air-tight container in the fridge.
  8. Use immediately, or within 4 weeks.


** You can freeze orgeat syrup if you’d like. Freeze for up to 2 months.

** Almonds and orange flower water are traditional orgeat ingredients. If you don’t want to purchase orange flower water, substitute 1 tablespoon or orange zest.

** Adding 1-2 tablespoons of liquor, such as vodka or brandy, can help to extend the shelf life of orgeat. Even with adding liquor, orgeat must still be refrigerated. 

** We tested this recipe with a 1, 8, and 12 hours steep- it truly does make a difference to let this syrup steep overnight!

** Substitute any nuts you please! Orgeat is traditionally made with almonds.

Keywords: hazelnuts, orgeat syrup