Yerba Mate is a South American herbal tea, much stronger and more bitter than British tea. It is traditionally drunk from a gourd full of yerba leaves, and sipped through a bombilla metal straw with a filter on the end, to prevent sipping the leaves.
Mixologists have started to use infusions of yerbamate,to add a kick to many famous cocktails. Its high caffeine content and smoky, bitter taste is a real unique addition to a cocktail.
Try this recipe for a yerba mate vodka martini – a touch of class that will keep you going. It was featured in an article by a travel writer.
This would be a fun signature drink at an Argentina-themed party.
25ml chilled Yerba Mate
25ml Grand Marnier/Cointreau
twist of lemon
In a cocktail shaker mix the vodka, yerba mate infusion, Grand Marnier/Cointreau together and ice. Shake, then strain and serve in a martini glass. Decorate with a twist of lemon.