Backyard BBQ

Tequila Mai Tai

May 19, 2020
Photo by Rocky Luten. Prop & Food Styling by Alexis Anthony.
Test Kitchen Notes

This recipe is shared in partnership with Don Julio. —The Editors

  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 25 minutes
  • Makes 1 cocktail
  • For the cocktail:
  • 1 1/2 ounces Don Julio Tequila Blanco
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • 1/2 ounce nut syrup
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • For the nut syrup (aka orgeat):
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts (you can also use almonds or other tree nuts)
  • 1 cup sugar
In This Recipe
  1. For the cocktail:
  2. Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake well.
  3. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge and serve.
  1. For the nut syrup (aka orgeat):
  2. Toast the nuts in a small, dry saucepan over low heat until fragrant (agitate the nuts occasionally so that you toast all sides). Let cool and pulverize with a blender or food processor.
  3. Add the pulverized nuts, sugar, and 1 cup water to the same saucepan and heat until almost boiling, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and allow to steep for 3 to 12 hours. Strain through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. (The syrup will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks).

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