pecan orgeat cocktails

What is Pecan Orgeat?

Step up that Tiki cocktail with Pecan Orgeat

Pecan Orgeat, as the name suggests, is a liquor produced by grinding pecans into a powder after toasting them. They are then mixed with sugar and water and boiled. It is then mixed with vodka to make the final product.

There’s  been a resurgence in the popularity of Tiki drinks. They are no longer relegated to beachside shacks for tourists. Pecan Orgeat is a fancy ingredient used in some of the classier tiki drinks. Traditionally, orgeat has orange notes, which work well with tiki cocktails.  But taking it a step further, the roastyesque (this made up word best fits the description) syrup provides depth where other mass produced fruity drinks leave off.

Here are two recipes that feature Pecan Orgeat:

Mai Way Cocktail
1.5 oz. Jack Daniels
3/4 oz. Orange Curacao
1/2 oz. Pecan Orgeat
3/4 oz. Lime Juice
1 oz. Coca-Cola

Mix lime juice, orang curacao, pecan orgeat and whiskey. Shake and pour in to rocks glass. Garnish with orange slice and mint sprig.

The Royal Hawaiian from Beetlecat in Atlanta

1.5 oz. Gin
1 oz. Pineapple juice
.5 oz. lemon juice
.25 oz. Pecan Orgeat

Pecan Orgeat is becoming a more popular ingredients in cocktails. It goes hand in hand with the fact that more cocktail bars are popping up in cities as well as consumers crave more sophisticated drinks than what’s been on menus for decades. Of course, you don’t have to go out to experience the delicious Pecan Orgeat. It is possible to make the syrup at home or buy it at a high end liquor store and make your own concoction. Make sure you have lovely barware to serve your Peacan Orgeat cocktails.

Would you consider making your own Pecan Orgeat? Let us know in the comments.