Juerte Destilado de Pulque is made by fermenting the aguamiel (agave sap) of the maguey pulquero (agave Salmiana) and then distilling it. When the Salmiana reaches maturity, a large hole is carved into the top of the piña. The plant’s natural reaction is to secrete its aguamiel into the hole. Once the aguamiel is removed, the inside of the hole is scraped with a metal scraper to agitate the plant into secreting more aguamiel. An agave can produce up to 10 liters of aguamiel per day. The aguamiel is then fermented for about a week, with a small amount of pulque madre (pulque left over from a previous batch) to kick off fermentation. Once fermented, the aguemiel is single distilled in a stainless steel still.