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Argentine Yerba Mate Harvest Spritz

It’s finally here, you guys. It’s FALL! I think we can all agree, no matter where you live in the world, FALL IS THE BEST. Even Los Angeles is feeling the cooler nights, spice and woodsmoke in the air, and the cozy factor is turnt UP. It may not be full on sweater weather here, but my fave ponchos are in full rotation.

When I moved from New York to Los Angeles a few years ago, I realized how much of a seasonal drinker I was. Relocating to a place that is sunny all year round had me craving lighter, sparkling, lower alcohol concoctions more and more. My first year in La La Land also had me really missing the dramatic Autumnal feelzzz the northeast is so famous for. But by the next year I started to detect the seasonal shifts that I hadn’t when I first got here. And my palate adapted as well.

What I love about this Argentine Yerba Mate Harvest Spritz that I created especially for the season, is that it is a combination of all that. My initial leanings towards lighter, sparkling and lower alcohol drinks when I first moved here, along with my cravings for all things autumn.

The smokiness of the Argentine Yerba Mate tea, along with the autumnal sweetness of the apricot brandy and maple syrup is complemented by a seasonal punch of hard apple cider. It really is sparkling harvest in a glass.

The addition of Argentine Yerba Mate tea adds an earthiness and slightly tannic quality to the overall flavor as well as a little kick of caffeine – something we all could use a little more of during these darker days! Not to mention, this tea native to South America contains a boost of antioxidants (more than green tea!) and a slew of other health benefits like vitamins and minerals that are extremely beneficial during the onslaught of flu season! You can find Argentine Yerba Mate brands in specialty tea stores and in select Whole Foods Markets across the U.S. You can also purchase Argentine Yerba Mate on

Instead of cozying up with a hot cup of tea, how about mixing up this easy fall sparkler, throw on a poncho, and celebrate this most beautiful, fleeting time of year!

Argentine Yerba Mate Harvest Spritz – served over ice
2 oz Argentine Yerba Mate Tea, cooled
1 oz Apricot Brandy
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Maple Syrup
Dry Sparkling Hard Apple Cider
Garnish: apple wedge

In an ice-filled shaker, add the cooled Yerba Mate, apricot brandy, lemon juice and maple syrup. Shake well until chilled. Strain into a highball or mason jar filled with ice. Top with dry sparkling hard cider and stir. Garnish with apple wedge.

This post was sponsored by National Institution for Argentine Yerba Mate


“The Busy Bee” – A Yerba Mate Bees Knees Cocktail

Much of the country is in the throes of that most delicious time of year – late springtime. The days are longer, the light is shifting to a warm, golden amber, and the cusp of summer is visceral. It’s also bee season! This is when the honey bees are werking up a storm out there. Get that nectar, queen! Those worker bees are motivated, yo.

The “Busy Bee” cocktail is inspired by this time of year and one of my favorite simple classics – The Bees Knees. Typically made with just gin, lemon juice and honey, I decided to make a honey syrup infused with Argentinan Yerba Mate for an extra buzzzz. Hehe, YOU KNOW I HAD TO.

As mentioned in my previous posts featuring the Yerba Mate Horchata and the Yerba Mate Cooler, as a resident recipe creator for Argentina Yerba Mate, I’ve found it to be a pretty amazing cocktail ingredient. It has an earthy, tea like quality, and can lend a beautiful depth of flavor to a simple cocktail such as the Bees Knees.

Yerba Mate is a stimulant, with about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee but without the jitters or caffeine crash you might get from java. And I love that it is packed with powerful antioxidants, vitamin C, zinc, potassium and B(eeee) vitamins! lolz, YOU KNOW I HAD TO.

You can find Argentinian Yerba Mate brands in specialty tea stores and in select Whole Foods Markets across the U.S. You can also purchase Argentinian Yerba Mate on

The Busy Bee (Yerba Mate Bees Knees) – served up
2 oz Gin
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Yerba Mate honey syrup*

Garnish: lemon peel

Shake all ingredients over ice until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel.

* Steep one cup of Argentinian Yerba Mate and strain. Add steeped Yerba Mate liquid to a small saucepan with one cup honey. At medium-high heat, whisk until honey dissolves. Remove from heat, and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 to a month.

This post was sponsored (and powered!) by Argentinian Yerba Mate

Put a ‘Spring’ in Your Step with Yerba Mate Cooler!

I don’t know what it’s like where you are but around these parts I’m FEELING the spring pretty profoundly this year. The birds are chirping up a storm, blossoms are exploding onto the mean streets of La La Land, and there are hints that the unusually cool winter we’ve had in SoCal is making it’s way to warmer days. Which makes sense since tomorrow is officially the first day of spring! What better way to celebrate the Spring Equinox than with an adult bevvie that will put a spring in your step…literally!

As I mentioned a few weeks ago with the Yerba Mate Horchata cocktail, Argentinian Yerba Mate can be a delicious and welcome addition to a mixed drink. It’s slightly stimulating, with about as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, but is also a rich source of powerful antioxidants, even higher than green tea. It boasts B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, potassium and manganese…there’s a reason why the people of South America have been sipping on this stuff for centuries. And as I’ve discovered recently, it’s delicious in cocktails! This is the second cocktail out of three that I’ll be sharing with you guys as a recent resident recipe creator for Argentina Yerba Mate…and one of my favorites.

The Yerba Mate Cooler was the later afternoon drink we served a few weeks back at the Create & Cultivate Conference here in LA. But this drink makes even more sense now that we are on the cusp of spring.

Fresh squeezed grapefruit and lime juice, a kick of ginger, and blanco tequila compliments the herbaceous almost woodsy notes of the Argentinian yerba mate tea. And topping it all off with bubbles makes this especially refreshing.

Yerba Mate Cooler – served over ice
2 oz Argentinian Yerba Mate, cooled
2 oz Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
2 oz Blanco Tequila
1/2 oz Ginger Syrup*
1/2 oz Lime Juice
Sparkling Water
Garnish: lime wheel, candied ginger

Shake all ingredients except sparkling water over ice until well chilled. Pour into an ice-filled glass and top with sparkling water. Garnish with a lime wedge and candied ginger.

* Ginger Syrup – makes about 1.5 cups

1 cup of chopped ginger (no need to peel for this)
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar

In a large stockpot, bring the ginger, water and sugar to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, cover the pot and let everything steep and cool to room temperature. When the syrup has completely cooled, strain the syrup, pressing the ginger to release as much liquid as possible. After straining, you can set aside the ginger solids for other uses, or discard. Store the syrup in the fridge until you are ready to use. Should keep for about 3 weeks.

This post was sponsored (and powered!) by Argentinian Yerba Mate



Yerba Mate Horchata and Create & Cultivate

This past Saturday, I had the incredible opportunity to spend the day with nearly 1000 badass lady entrepreneurs in downtown Los Angeles serving up some Yerba Mate Tea Cocktails with Argentinian Yerba Mate.

Create & Cultivate, in its 6th year, is an uber hip conference, networking event, and lady fair for women looking to build their brand, meet likeminded women, and to draw on inspiration from the major success stories represented in the various panels and keynote speakers. Powerhouse leaders in the millennial landscape such as Hello Giggles Co-Founder Sophia Rossi, plus sized model, Tess Holiday and Chief Creative Officer of, Jen Gotch were a big draw for many attending. There was also some very heavy hitting celebs serving up some brand marketing and business advice, such as Lauren Conrad, Chrissy Teigan, and a little known social media personality, ahem, Kim Kardashian West.

With all that excitement, a lady tends to get thirsty! And so we were at the ready with a little yummy boost! We served three drinks during the course of the day, but our Yerba Mate Horchata was by far our most popular. People kept comparing it to a dirty chai latte or matcha…but better, of course, duh! Check out some of the Instagram love we have here!

For many people, it was their first time trying Yerba Mate, let alone tasting it in a cocktail! And I’m pretty sure they came away converts. In case you aren’t familiar with this national drink of Argentina, here’s some fun facts!

  • Yerba mate is a traditional South American tea-like drink made from the leaves of the yerba mate tree, which are native to the Misiones Province of Argentina. The production process of the leaves is 100% natural
  • Originally championed by the Guarani, an ancient people indigenous to the South American rainforests, the history of yerba mate can be traced back many centuries and today the delicious and versatile drink continues to be enjoyed across the globe.
  • Argentinian Yerba Mate is a rich source of powerful antioxidants – in fact, its antioxidant capacity has been shown to be even higher than green tea.
  • Its nutrient profile boasts B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, potassium and manganese, and its primary compound, chlorogenic acid, is a polyphenol that acts as an antioxidant in the body.
  • Yerba mate has been found to be ‘hepatoprotective’ which translates to: ‘protecting your liver cells’, as well as having shown potential as a digestive aid.

So, basically it’s SUPER healthy for you AND is a mild stimulant that gives you the boost similar to coffee but without the caffeine crash. (It’s also very yummy with booze, shhhhh)

You can find Argentinian Yerba Mate brands in specialty tea stores and in select Whole Foods Markets across the U.S. You can also purchase Argentinian Yerba Mate on

Yerba Mate Horchata  – served over ice
4 oz Yerba Mate, cooled
2 oz Unsweetened Almond milk
1/2 oz Cinnamon honey syrup*
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
Garnish: cinnamon, cinnamon stick
(add 1 1/2 oz spiced rum for a cocktail)

Shake all ingredients over ice until nice and frothy. Pour into an ice-filled highball and garnish with a dash of cinnamon and a cinnamon stick.

Combine 1 cup water, 1 cup honey and a tablespoon of ground cinnamon in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high, whisk until honey dissolves. Remove from heat, and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 to a month.

This post was sponsored (and powered!) by Argentinian Yerba Mate



Settle In With This Mezcal Sipper: The Winter Smoke

Winter is coming. The Winter Solstice technically occurs towards the end of next week, but I’m already there. Even though I live in Southern California now, I’m a baby person who can’t handle any sort of weather even bordering on inclement. The cold has started to creep in and I haven’t been able to shake it. I’m half White Walker now. There’s only one thing to do; Let’s make a stiff drink!

‘Tis the season to hunker down and cozy up to a warm fire and a smoky cocktail.

The Winter Smoke – with mezcal, Amaro Nonino and a touch of citrus – is everything you want in a spirit forward cocktail –  earthy, herbaceous, smoky and warming. The addition of Argentine Yerba Mate Tea helps to lend all of these flavors AND makes for a cocktail that is just a little…extra.

As resident Cocktail Recipe “Master of Mate”, I’m all about a little extra in my glass! Extra health benefits like powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and vitamins B, C and zinc, among others. It has even been proven as a digestive aid and, most importantly, a liver protector! Good news for those of us who indulge in adult beverages on occasion.

In the middle of cold and flu season, I’m willing to sneak my vitamins in whenever and wherever I can get them! Luckily, Argentine Yerba Mate is a delicious cocktail ingredient that especially compliments the flavors in this cocktail.

So, next time the cold seeps into your neck of the woods, stave off those White Walkers, and warm up your proceedings with a little Winter Smoke. This time of year doesn’t sound so bad after all.

Winter Smoke – serves one, on the rocks
1 1/2 oz Mezcal
1 1/2 oz Argentine Yerba Mate Tea, cooled
3/4 oz Amaro Nonino
1/2 oz Agave Nectar
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
Garnish: Orange Peel

Add all ingredients to an ice-filled mixing glass and stir until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with one or two large ice cubes. Express oils from orange twist and garnish.

You can find Argentine Yerba Mate brands in specialty tea stores and in select Whole Foods Markets across the U.S. You can also purchase Argentine Yerba Mate on

This post was sponsored by National Institute for Argentine Yerba Mate.All opinions, as usual, are my own!

Give Your Thanksgiving a Winter Punch!

Thanksgiving always has a way of sneaking up on me every year. I mean, I could say that about pretty much every holiday, but Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE. It makes zero sense. I should be Pinterest-ing recipes and tablescapes months in advance. WHY AM I NEVER PREPARED?

I’ve got my go-to dishes that I always make (boozy cranberry sauce, anyone?!), but for some reason I’m always scrambling at the last minute to figure out what to drink. I know, I know, even I struggle with this dilemna. Because this is NOT the time for crazy bespoke craft cocktails for all of your guests throughout the night. That’s why large format drinks and punches are a perfect idea for the most epic meal of the year.

Since you know it’s going to be an indulgent afternoon and evening of supping, why not make something that has a little good stuff sneaked in?! Like the antioxidant powerhouse that is Argentine Yerba Mate! Along with a multitude of vitamins like B and C and zinc and potassium, it also has that zip of caffeine similar to a cup of coffee that will surely counteract whatever food sleepies creep in by the end of the meal.

Did I mention that Argentine Yerba Mate is also a yummy addition to cocktails? Oh yeah, I have! Many times! Haha. I feel like a broken record, but it’s all true, guys. I’m a fan. It can add tannins, a touch of smoke, and a slight earthiness to a drink. And when paired in this winter punch with mulling spices, ginger beer, and dark rum, you may just want to make a gigantic batch of this, hole up for the winter and sip your way to spring!

I may not be as prepared for Thanksgiving as I’d like, but I DO know what I’ll be making an enormous punch bowl of in a few weeks – this Argentine Yerba Mate Winter Punch. Take that, Turkey Day!

Argentine Yerba Mate Winter Punch – serves 10-12
In a large punch bowl add the following ingredients:
1 750 ml bottle of Dark Rum
3 cups Argentine Yerba Mate Tea, cooled
1 cup Mulling Spiced Syrup*
1 cup lemon juice

Immediately before serving, add ginger beer and ice cubes. Garnish with sliced orange wheels, cinnamon sticks and star anise.

*Mulling Spiced Syrup
In a large saucepan, make a syrup by boiling 1 cup of water, 1 cup sugar and mulling spices for 10 minutes. Cool. Save extra for later.

You can find Argentine Yerba Mate brands in specialty tea stores and in select Whole Foods Markets across the U.S. You can also purchase Argentine Yerba Mate on

This post was sponsored by National Institute for Argentine Yerba Mate

Bartender Style: Speed Rack’s Ivy Mix & Lynnette Marrero

Bartender Style is a collaboration between Bit by a Fox and photographer Rose Callahan. This monthly series, exclusively on the Bit by a Fox blog, will explore and document the personal style of some of the best bartenders in New York City and beyond. This month, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are featuring two of the baddest babes in the bartending biz, who are also the powerhouse team behind Speed Rack, the first international, all-female bartending competition that donates 100% of their proceeds to breast cancer awareness, prevention, and research. Meet Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero!

Ivy affectionately calls Lynnette her “work wife”. As far as long-term relationships go, these ladies have this “work marriage” thing on lock.


In the four years that Ivy and Lynnette have successfully run Speed Rack, “the roller derby of cocktail competitions”, they have raised over $350,000 globally for breast cancer research and charities, have built an international network of women who consider them mentors, and have created a unique fundraising model that spirits brands and charities alike continue to look to as an example of grassroots success.

093015_7922And all this has happened in between their constant globe-trotting, serving as judges for other cocktail competitions, guest speaking at seminars, and consulting with a variety of brands, all the while getting behind the stick on a regular basis. Oh, and then there was that time back in May after building out an entire restaurant in Brooklyn Ivy decided to run a half marathon the same week it opened. A mere two months later, she went on to win the prestigious title of Best American Bartender of the Year at the Tales of the Cocktail Festival’s Spirited Awards, which is pretty much the Oscars of the booze industry.




And just this last month, they were awarded together as some of The Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink 2015 from Food & Wine and Fortune Magazine for their impressive work with Speed Rack.

This latest accolade is a cherry on top of the many awards and achievements these two have scooped up separately during their esteemed careers behind the bar, including a James Beard Award given to Lynnette in 2009 for being one of America’s Leading Female Mixologists. You’re looking at the Beyoncés of the cocktail world, people. These ladies get to WERK!

And they both always seem to look so fetching while doing it.


On the surface, Lynnette and Ivy are pretty different. Lynnette is a curvy pin-up type, drawn to feminine silhouettes (one of her go-to online shops is the Bettie Page Store), and she strictly wears dresses behind the bar.


Lynette, a former pageant princess (she was Miss Manhattan in a past life!), is not afraid of bright florals and prints and a little decolletage, and is often seen with a tropical flower tucked behind her ear at events.


Noticing at a young age that she had a good amount of gray coming in, she was finally convinced by her art director husband a few years ago to let her hair go natural.


Barely into her 30s, she knew that it would take great confidence to pull it off. Luckily, Lynnette has that in spades. But no matter, because, turns out, she has GORGEOUS salt and pepper locks that complement her skin tone beautifully. So much so, that she seems to glow behind the bar or in front of it!


Ivy is the leggy tomboy who may have perfected her effortless half-damp top knot thrown up at the last possible minute and the all-American fresh-faced look while she was a budding equestrian in her youth in Vermont, or when she was the captain of her lacrosse team in high school or while studying abroad in college…


Whenever this casual, cool, Noxzema-girl look came together really doesn’t matter. The point is, it’s totally working for her. May we all look this radiant on so little sleep!


Ivy has a love of rompers (she calls them onesies!). She pretty much sticks with this uniform, which she also refers to as her “work pajamas”, while working at Leyenda, her newly opened Latin American cocktail bar in Brooklyn with partner and mentor Julie Reiner of Clover Club and Flatiron Lounge fame.


Ivy lived in Guatemala for four years post-college, and it was there that she first fell in love with bar culture while working at a place called Café No Sé. When it came time to conceptualize her own place, Ivy decided that she wanted to bring that part of the world into the charming Cobble Hill neighborhood in Brooklyn, merging the places she loves so much.


Her attraction to religious iconography and symbols can be seen throughout. And her idea to merge the Latin American culture and what we have come to recognize as a Brooklyn restaurant aesthetic can be seen in the rustic woodwork and the details in the tin ceiling spanning the place.




While Ivy admits to borrowing dresses from Lynnette because she’s “bad at being a girl”, and prefers wearing Timberland boots behind the bar because of the supportive heel versus Lynette who likes to wear fancy Crocs because they are light and washable…

093015_7911_lores…the ladies’ style converges when it comes to the signature look for Speed Rack. The overall look for the high energy cocktail competition is a combo of sporty and bad-ass with heavy retro inspiration from Rosie the Riveter.

 Pink bandannas are their trademark, tying the breast cancer awareness signature color and the feminist cultural icon together.


The resulting Speed Rack image is confident, feminine and fierce, not unlike the ladies who dreamt up the concept of Speedrack in order to showcase women bartenders around the world, and elevate their status in the business, while simultaneously directly impacting breast cancer awareness. They’ve managed to change the face of the bartending world on an international scale, making a difference on a number of levels, and they happen to be having a kick-ass time doing it.


Both ladies shared Latin inspired cocktail recipes with us. Lynnette’s Flor de Rosa is a beautiful, ruby-hued tipple inspired by spirits writer Kara Newman’s Caramel Negroni.




Flor de Rosa – Lynette Marrero, Drinks at 6
1 oz Aperol
1 oz Angostura Amaro
1 oz Aged Rum
Garnish: orange twist and orchid.

Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Ivy shared an unusual pisco sour variation called Buena Onda (good/awesome wave) off the Leyenda menu. I haven’t had a bad cocktail yet at Leyenda and this is one of my favorites!





Buena Onda – Ivy Mix, Leyenda
2oz Yerba Mate infused Kappa Pisco
1/2 oz fresh lime
1/2 oz fresh lemon
3/4 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz egg white

Dry shake, add ice, shake again. Serve up and garnish with grapefruit bitters..

Speed Rack’s fifth national tour kicks-off on November 15, 2015 in the United States and travels to eight cities – Chicago, New York, San Antonio, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Nashville, and Boston before crowning a winner at the Speed Rack U.S. Finals in New York in May 2016. For more information, head to their website.