Recipe by Cuervo

Cuervo Mai Tai


2 oz Jose Cuervo® Tradicional® Plata Tequila*

.75 oz Spicy Pepita Orgeat*

.75 oz Lime juice

.5 oz Orange juice

Garnish: Orange Salt Rim**


Run a lime wedge along the outer rim of a rocks glass. Dip the moistened rim into a dish of orange salt, fill with ice and set aside. Add all of the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into the prepared glass. 


Toast unsalted pepitas in a pan with Cayenne Pepper on medium high heat until fragrant. Remove from heat. Let cool. Add toasted pepitas to a blender with sugar, water and a pinch of salt. Blend until sugar is dissolved. Strain through a cheesecloth. 

  • Ingredients for Bar: 1 cup ‘unsalted’ pepitas, .75 tbsp Cayenne Pepper, 16 oz sugar, 16 oz water. Yield: 24 oz 
  • Ingredients for Home: .5 cup ‘unsalted’ pepitas, .5 tbsp Cayenne Pepper, 8 oz sugar, 8 oz water. Yield: 12 oz


Zest Orange(s), Combine with sea salt. Mix to incorporate.

  • Ingredients for Bar: 3 Oranges, 6 tbsp Sea Salt. Yield: 3 oz salt
  • Ingredients for Home: 1 Orange, 2 tbsp Sea Salt. Yield: 1 oz salt


Pepitas/Pumpkin seeds are a sustainable orgeat alternative rather than almonds, which use excessive water to produce. Orange Salt makes use of the orange peel in addition to the juice that’s called for in the cocktail.


*40% Alc./Vol. (80 Proof).

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