This piece originally appeared on Liquor.com.
Ever wondered what magic shimmers beneath the surface of your Mai Tai?
The answer lies in a scoop of nuts. Orgeat is the French almond syrup that fortifies iconic tiki cocktails like the Scorpion and Fog Cutter with silky sweetness. Creamy and opalescent, orgeat was originally made with barley instead of almonds. When it was discovered that almonds lent much more flavor, barley dropped from the recipe for eternity. The exact proportions of modern orgeat vary by maker, but the syrup generally relies on a combination of ground blanched almonds, sugar and a delicate thread of orange blossom or rose water.