### Abstract

For primes $p \ge 5$, we propose a conjecture that relates the values of cup products in the Galois cohomology of the maximal unramified outside $p$ extension of a cyclotomic field on cyclotomic $p$-units to the values of $p$-adic $L$-functions of cuspidal eigenforms that satisfy mod $p$ congruences with Eisenstein series. Passing up the cyclotomic and Hida towers, we construct an isomorphism of certain spaces that allows us to compare the value of a reciprocity map on a particular norm compatible system of $p$-units to what is essentially the two-variable $p$-adic $L$-function of Mazur and Kitagawa.