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

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. Orgeat is used in many cocktails including the Cape Cod Cooler perfect for summer sipping!
Course Cocktails, Cocktail Syrup
Cuisine American
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. 
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.
How to Store
Store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.


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