or·​geat ˈȯr-ˌzhä(t) How to pronounce orgeat (audio)
: a sweet almond-flavored nonalcoholic syrup used as a cocktail ingredient or food flavoring

Examples of orgeat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another cocktail on the menu uses avocado washed with Copper & Kings immature brandy, Flor de Cana dark, Grand Marnier, avocado pit orgeat syrup, and lime. Amanda Hancock, The Courier-Journal, 14 June 2024 Signature cocktails include the Sticky Ricky ($14), made with rum, coconut cream, mango, mint and orgeat, and An Unsympathetic Gentlemen ($15), made with blended scotch, Amontillado sherry, amaro and kumquat vermouth. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 17 May 2024 The Slow Clap cocktail is a favorite (bourbon, spiced pear liqueur, orgeat, lime, orange) or sip a glass of Los Monteros Cava at St. Neo’s brassiere and raw bar. Katie Kelly Bell, Robb Report, 2 May 2024 On offer in February: Autumn in New Jersey, with apple brandy, lemon, orgeat and bitters, and the Fairbanks, with rye whiskey, apricot and bitters. Fritz Hahn, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2024 Gin: Some orgeats, like Liber & Co., really need an anchor and strongly prefer a gin with a deeper midpalate character like Fords or Bombay Sapphire. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 23 Mar. 2024 Meanwhile, mixologist Remy Savage has crafted a cocktail menu that feels like Marais meets Midtown: think Manhattan with a twist of Pernod, or an Upside-Down New York sour with orgeat. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 8 Feb. 2024 Craft cocktails like the Island Rose, made with grapefruit and rose vodka, orgeat, pineapple, bitters and rose water, delight guests, as do impressive wine and spirit lists. Terri Peters, Chron, 16 Dec. 2023 Its role here is not only to provide sweetness and almond flavor but also depth, so a real nutty, natural orgeat helps. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 22 July 2023

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Word History


borrowed from French, going back to Middle French, "syrup made from a decoction of barley," probably borrowed from an Old Occitan predecessor of Occitan ordiat, orjat "orgeat," from Old Occitan ordi, orge "barley" (going back to Latin hordeum) + -at -ate entry 1; Latin hordeum going back to *χorzdei̯om, presumed adjectival derivative from dialectal Indo-European *ghers-do- or *ghors-do-, whence also Germanic *gerstōn- "barley," whence Old Saxon & Old High German gersta "barley," Middle Dutch gerste, garste

Note: The hypothetical Old Occitan word is akin to and perhaps modeled on Italian orzata "beverage or infusion made from barley soaked in water, sweet syrup made from germinated barley grains and other ingredients, orgeat"; see note at horchata. — Attempts have been made to link *ghers-do-/*ghors-do- with another group of words: Greek krīthḗ "grain of barley," krīthaí "barley," Homeric krî (originally a root noun *krīth?), Albanian drithë "cereal, grain," Armenian gari (genitive garwoy) "barley." No single pre-form can unite these words, however, and they all may be borrowed from a pre-Indo-European substratum; compare Basque gari "wheat," perhaps itself a borrowing. In opposition to this hypothesis, *ghers-do-/*ghors-do- have been taken as formed from root extensions of a verbal base hers- "bristle, become stiff" (see horror entry 1), a name suggested by the long awns of barley; compare Old English gorst gorse, taken as a transfer of the same etymon to a thorny plant.

First Known Use

1754, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of orgeat was in 1754

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Cite this Entry

“Orgeat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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