House Gardenia Mix



Updated 2023-10-05

The idea of using orgeat for a slightly nutty component came to me when I was looking at Gaby Mlynarczyk’s version of the mix, which browns the butter and uses macadamia nut liqueur. I make orgeat with heavily toasted almonds, so it fits the bill. I’d like to try browning the butter for this recipe, too.

  • 2oz softened unsalted butter
  • 2oz honey
  • 1oz orgeat
  • 2tsp cinnamon syrup
  • 1tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1tsp allspice dram

Makes enough for ~6 drinks.

Whisk together. Store remainder in the fridge and mix again before using.

Drinks to use it in:

  • House Pearl Diver
  • Coffee Grog
  • Try subbing this in for coconut cream in drinks like the White Cloud
  • Polynesian Pearl Diver
  • Pontchartrain Pearl Diver (Latitude 49)
  • Cold Buttered Rum from Liquid Intelligence
    • Basically you can do Gardenia, home-spiced rum, and lime juice.
  • Polynesian Forty Niner from False Idol
    • 3/4oz orange juice
    • 3/4oz lime juice
    • 1/2oz pear brandy
    • 1/2oz madeira
    • 1-1/2oz chai-infused bourbon
  • Mystery Gardenia
    • 1/2oz fresh lime juice
    • 3/4oz Gardenia mix (I up it to a full ounce)
    • 1 1/2oz “Cuban style” light rum
    • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
    • Blend with crushed ice, double-strain into coupe glass, garnish with “the finest sprig of mint you can find”.
  • Hidden Harbor’s Treasure Diver

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  1. Slight deviation from the classic based on what we usually have in our bar. Blend with 1/2 cup ice. Add to glass and top with crusted ice. Garnish with flower and freshly grated nutmeg.