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Refreshing Cape Cod Cooler cocktail with lime slice and metal straw with copper cocktail shaker and homemade orgeat syrup BoulderLocavore.com

Orgeat Syrup + Cape Cod Cooler cocktail

Orgeat Syrup is a simple syrup using almonds and orange blossom water that is very easy to make at home. This recipes uses blanched almonds creating a milky color and subtle flavor. Orgeat is used in many cocktails including the Cape Cod Cooler perfect for summer sipping!  Note: Orgeat will separate as it sits.  Just shake before using.
Course Cocktails, Cocktail Syrup
Cuisine American
Keyword cape cod cooler cocktail, homemade orgeat syrup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 8 minutes
Servings 2 cocktails and 1 1/2 cups orgeat syrup
Calories 328kcal
Author Toni Dash


Ingredients for Homemade Orgeat Syrup:

  • 2 cups Slivered Almonds
  • 1 1/4 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups Water
  • 1 teaspoon Orange Flower Water*
  • 1 ounce Vodka unflavored

Ingredients for Cape Cod Cooler cocktails:

  • 4 ounces Sloe Gin (may substitute plum brandy if needed)
  • 2 ounces Gin
  • 1 ounce Lime Juice
  • 1 ounce Homemade Orgeat Syrup
  • 10 ounces Cranberry Cocktail
  • 2 slices fresh Lime (garnish)


Instructions for Homemade Orgeat Syrup:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees C. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, dull side facing up. Place the almonds in one layer on the prepared pan.
  • Roast the almonds for 3 minutes, shaking the tray halfway through cooking. Remove from the oven and allow to cool fully. Once cooled process through a food processor or blender into small pieces.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water; bring to a boil over medium-high heat to dissolve the sugar. Add the nuts and remove from the heat. Cover and allow to infuse for 3 hours (note: can be infused longer for a deeper flavor but no longer than 12 hours).
  • Drain through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl or large liquid measuring cup. Stir in the orange blossom water and vodka. Pour into jars or bottles, seal and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Instructions for Cape Cod Cooler cocktails:

  • Fill two 14 ounce Collins glasses half to ¾ full of crushed ice. Add 2 ounces slow gin, 1 ounce gin, ½ ounce lime juice, ½ ounce orgeat and 5 ounces of cranberry cocktail to a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into one of the prepared glasses. Repeat for the second cocktail. Garnish with a lime slice.


*I used Nielsen-Massey Orange Blossom Water. 


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 19mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin C: 64.2mg | Iron: 0.1mg