I came up for this recipe after experimenting with making orgeat and horchata…all deriving from the same word and basic idea. Making a “milk” from a grain or nut and sweetening it. By itself it is a refreshing cool summer drink when mixed with water and ice…But it is also a great ingredient in cocktails.

The classic Mai Tai is the best example of a cocktail based on almond orgeat.

Most commercial orgeats are not made with almonds though and are artificially flavored. I wanted to make my own and use real almonds. I then wanted to try other grains and nuts and did one made with cashew, oatmeal, and barley. Barley was one of the original ways of making orgeat in France.


2 oz of Tres Generaciones or Partida Blanco Tequila
1 oz of Homemade Almond Horchata(cinnamon spiced orgeat)
.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 oz Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

The Lime is for extra acidity to balance the sweet orgeat. The Orange juice is too sweet to do this on its own.

Hard shake all ingredients. Strain over fresh iced collins glass. Try over crushed ice. or serve up and a dusting of cinnamon. garnish with an orange triangle or a roasted almond soaked in tequila

Use the recipe for Cashew orgeat from the january posts…substitute raw crushed almonds for the cashews…add cinnamon sticks to syrup, steep and strain…

this recipe is great with the cashew orgeat as well…

I named this after a very good friend…Citlalli Martinez…


Had a blast at the recent launch of ABSOLUT BERRI-AÇAÍ at the W Hotel in Chicago.

Here is what I created and offered that evening.

The Berri Pixie

Unsweetened Açaí Puree (Sambazon sells one, frozen)
Vanilla Kefir
Cinnamon Syrup

Easy shake. Strain over ice or serve up.

I wanted something delicious, fun, creamy and actually healthy. Something that you could have anytime…but would really work for brunch.

Acai has some berry and chocolate tones and the cinnamon really goes well with it. The Kefir could be plain or vanilla. I actually blended both. The Acai needs to be sweetened and the Kefir is acidic so the syrup really works without over sweetening.

This was very well received and I was very happy with this drink and it has the taste of real acai that you dont usually get.