To serve, put a few tablespoons in a glass and add cold or sparkling water and ice. Bring water to a boil; add almonds and return to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool thoroughly. Squeeze the ground almonds in several layers of rinsed cheesecloth. Pour almond extract into a saucepan; add sugar, bitter almond extract, and orange juice. Stir well and bring to a boil; cook to a thick syrup consistency. Let cool completely. If syrup if not thick enough, boil again for 5 minutes. Pour into sterile bottles, seal and refrigerate. Can be used immediately Serve with ice water or with club soda. FOR 1 SERVING ALMOND COOLER: Combine a2 tb almond syrup, 2 tb yogurt and 6 oz ( 0.75 cup) cold water. MAKES: 1 litre SOURCE: _From My Grandmother's Kitchen: A Sephardic Cookbook_ by Viviane Bicheck Miner