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In origin, orgeat is a French term parallel to English barley water. It comes from French orge, ‘barley’, and at first signified a ‘cooling drink made by steeping barley in water’. That was what it meant when English acquired it in the mid-eighteenth century, but, as in the case of barley water, it was found to need livening up with fruit juice, and by the nineteenth century the term had come to stand for an orange-flavoured syrup made from sugar and almonds, diluted with water to form a long drink.

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