A Themed Drink for The Dimension Door Podcast, Episode 24
There are several components of Episode 24 that combined together to inspire this cocktail: a golden apple, a sweet-talking golden tongued cleric, and a flaming sphere all play important roles in both the happenings of the episode and this drink.
Whether or not you're caught up with the happenings of The Dimension Door Podcast (although you should be!), this cocktail is perfect for autumn. The fresh, crisp apple garnish sets nicely against the warm, aromatic caramelized brown sugar. Hints of cinnamon add to the pleasant scent, and then the drink itself is just-sweet-enough with the flavors of butterscotch and apple blossom set against a backdrop of a slightly-smoky scotch. Drinking it is a bit like sitting by a bonfire and enjoying a caramel apple.
Keep reading for the full recipe and instructions to make this cocktail.
Orgeat (pronounced /ɔːrˈʒɑː or ˈɔːrdʒiət/) is a French term that originated in the Latin phrase hordeaceus, meaning 'made with barley.' It started out as a kind of barley water (a barley oil and water emulsion), but over time to improve the flavor almond, sugar, and other flavors were added. Now, orgeat no longer has anything to do with barley. Instead, orgeat syrup is an almond and sugar syrup, usually flavored with either orange blossom water or rose water. It's non-alcoholic on its own, although you can extend its life by adding a bit of liquor (usually brandy) as a preservative.
Orgeat is an important ingredient for a lot of Tiki cocktails, including the Mai Tai. It can also be diluted with water or soda water for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink (sometimes called orzata). You can also play around with flavors, using different nuts (such as pistachio or cashew) or infusing it with fruit or spices.
In recipes from as far back as the mid-1800s, orgeat was made with bitter almonds. However, it's far more commonly made with sweet almonds now. This is largely because bitter almonds are toxic, and potentially lethal in large quantities; they contain cyanide.
What I will be providing instructions for here is a pretty traditional orgeat recipe, using almonds and flavored with orange blossom water.