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Yerba Mate Hot Toddy

Here we are – mid November. On the verge of the holiday craziness, careening towards our ultimate destination: Cozytown, USA. 

I, for one, have decided a few important seasonal things – I WILL incorporate a festive poncho into my everyday wardrobe, I WILL consider hot yoga followed by hot ramen as my ultimate self care routine, and I REFUSE to get sick.

I have a tendency this time of year to pick up whatever bug is floating around and end up with no option but to just sit life out for the week. Not this year, Satan. This lady does not have time for that. My immune system is getting JACKED with vitamins.

Speaking of vitamins…

My tenure as a cocktail recipe creator for Argentine Yerba Mate for this year is coming to a close. I wanted to end with something that spoke to the season but also to me! The classic Hot Toddy is not the most exciting of drinks but it isseasonal and cozy and is an actual drink I make when I’m feeling a little under the weather. This year, I thought I’d preemptively stave off any semblance of sick coming on, and create a hot toddy that may actually have some additional medicinal benefits – with Argentine Yerba Mate added to the mix, while also adding a little extra deliciousness of course! 

I like to add a spicy rye whiskey to a toddy. It’s not as sweet as a bourbon but will lend an additional zing. A traditional toddy uses hot water, but for this recipe, we’re steeping Argentine Yerba Mate tea in its place. It will not only add a deeper, richer flavor, it will also be an energizing boost, and a rich source of powerful antioxidants, packed with B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, potassium and manganese. I WILL have my cocktails and not get sick this year, dangit!

Because this is such an easy drink to make, I could see this becoming a night time ritual – like after that hot yoga and ramen…just curl up with one of these babies. You’ll get to Cozytown in no time, with ‘night ‘night right around the corner. In your face, seasonal sick-y bug. I’ve got some powerful defenses that just happen to be delicious as heck.


Yerba Mate Hot Toddy 
1.5 oz Rye Whiskey 
1 cup Yerba Mate Tea
1 Tablespoon Honey
.5 oz Lemon
Combine ingredients in mug. Garnish with lemon wheel & cinnamon stick.

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 Amazon.com.

GIVEAWAY ALERT!
Be sure to stay tuned to my Instagram this week as I’ll be running a very generous giveaway from the fine folks at Argentine Yerba Mate that may or may not include a delicious shopping spree at Whole Foods!


This post was sponsored by National Institute for Argentine Yerba Mate

End of Summer Sangria with Yerba Mate

Okay, okay, summer doesn’t technically end until September 23rd, buuut it seems like the majority of the country is back to school, people are already talking sweater weather, sweater weather, sweater weather, and according to my friends in New York, fall just suddenly set in over the weekend.

I’m not quite ready to let go of the summertime feelzzz, even though fall is one of my favorite times of year. So, how about we relish this delicious in-between time that has us enjoying longer days, cooler nights, and…refreshing cocktails? 

The perfect transitional cocktail from summer to fall will always be a sangria.

You can start using red wine again, but also take advantage of the end of summer berries and mint that are still fresh. I love using steeped tea as an ingredient in sangria for an interesting depth of flavor. As a resident recipe creator for Argentine Yerba Mate, y’all know by now, I’m bound to work Argentine Yerba Mate into the recipe!


Argentine Yerba Mate works beautifully in a red wine sangria. It can play with the earthiness in a red wine while balancing out the sweetness in the overall drink. Argentine Yerba Mate actually has the same kind of tannins that occur in red wine that are responsible for the powerful antioxidants that occur. It’s an easy-to-make flavor AND energy boost! Its many added health benefits like vitamin C, zinc, and potassium are just a bonus.

For this recipe, I just steeped 6 cups of Argentine Yerba Mate tea and added it to the rest of the ingredients. You can sweeten it slightly, but then you won’t need to add the simple syrup. I like to add most of the fruit to the mix that will sit for 24 hours, so it can soak up all of that boozy flavor. Hold off on the mint until you serve, however, so as to keep it fresh as possible.

Here’s to soaking in the very last drops of summer with a zippy sangria in hand!

End of Summer Sangria
2 bottles red wine
6 cups cooled Argentine Yerba Mate tea 
1 cup orange liqueur 
1 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup simple syrup
6 strawberries, sliced
1 orange, cut into wheels
1/2 cup blueberries
1 bunch of fresh mint

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving. When serving over ice, top with extra fruit and fresh mint.

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 Amazon.com.


This post was sponsored by National Institute for Argentine Yerba Mate

The Future of Frozen Rosé: Yerba Mate Frosé

A few summers back – an especially scorching one from what I remember – a pink frothy frozen libation swept the country and, seemingly overnight, every restaurant and bar had their own version of blush colored concoctions to please the masses.

With the rising temps, the feverish interest in all things rosé, and the perfect portmanteau of frozen + rosé, the stars aligned and Frosé was born.

Three years later, the trend seems to have slightly chilled (sorry!). The interest has dipped partly because people were finding out that many of these frozen versions of wine cocktails contained far more sugar than expected. As many of us know, massive amounts of sugar combined with wine and hard alcohol results in a super slushie sized hangover the next day. Talk about brain freeze!

The beautiful thing about this adult slurpee, however, is it doesn’t even need all that sugar. I mean, it has blended fresh fruit and juice in it, so you can practically treat it like a smoothie…with wine!

I really took that idea to heart and even added a powerful boost of Argentine Yerba Mate tea for my version of Yerba Mate FroséWelcome to your summer future, guys.

As a resident recipe creator for Argentine Yerba Mate, I’ve mentioned my love of using Argentine Yerba Mate before as a cocktail ingredient, not only because of its tea-like flavor profile, but also because of its many health benefits – vitamin C, zinc, potassium, and a bunch of powerful antioxidants – even more than green tea. 

For this recipe, I created a simple yerba mate tea syrup for that bit of sweetness and earthy depth of flavor.

We’re on the other side of Memorial Day weekend, June 8 is National Rosé Day, and there is no better time than the present to ready those blenders, chill TF out of your favorite dry rosé, and commit this recipe to memory for all of your al fresco fetes! 

Yerba Mate Frosé
1 Bottle Full-bodied Dry Rosé Wine
1/4 cup Argentine Yerba Mate Simple Syrup*
2 cups Frozen Strawberries
2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 cup Ice

Pour bottle of Rosé Wine into ice cube trays and freeze 6-12 hours. Once frozen, combine rosé cubes in a blender with the simple syrup, strawberries, lemon juice, and about a cup of ice. Blend until it is a smooth, slushie like consistency. Serve with fresh, edible flowers. 

Steep one cup of Argentine Yerba Mate and strain. Add steeped Yerba Mate liquid to a small saucepan with one cup sugar. At medium-high heat, whisk until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 2 months. (good for about two batches of Yerba Mate Frosé)

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 Amazon.com.


This post was sponsored by National Institute for Argentine Yerba Mate

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 Amazon.com.

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 Amazon.com.

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

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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 ban.do, 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 Amazon.com.

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

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Mate-rita, Anyone?

We may have had a bit of an unusually late start here in Los Angeles, but there’s no mistaking it now – we are in the serious throes of Summer. You know what that means…it’s officially MARGARITA SEASON.

I mean, it’s always margarita season in America where this universally beloved drink remains the most popular cocktail for like 20 years in a row. There’s actually been studies done that reveal people will rationalize spending more money on a margarita than other drinks. She’s popular AND worth it!

How do you make this beauty queen of cocktails even better?! By deepening the flavor profile and increasing the antioxidant intake by like 1000 percent with the addition of Argentine Yerba Mate tea. This margarita got an Argentinian upgrade and her new name is Mate-rita!

As a resident recipe creator for Argentine Yerba Mate, y’all know by now my obsession with using Argentine Yerba Mate as a cocktail ingredient. I especially love it with tequila and it seems to work really well in sour drinks. The tea-like flavors really benefit from the citrus and agave. And that’s before mentioning any of the many health benefits Argentine Yerba Mate has more antioxidants than green tea, it’s packed with vitamins, reduces inflammation, and even helps to protect your heart. Oh! And it has a slight caffeine boost that gives this Mate-rita that extra energizing zing!

Mate-rita – 8 servings
2 cups Blanco Tequila
1/2 cup Orange Liqueur
1 cup lime juice
1 cup pre-sweetened Argentine Yerba Mate tea*

Add all ingredients to a pitcher and fill with ice. Serve in margarita glasses rimmed with salt. Garnish with a thin lime wheel.

Steep one cup of Argentine Yerba Mate and strain. Add preferred sweetener ( I like agave nectar with this drink) to steeped Yerba Mate liquid, and set aside to cool.

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 on Amazon.com.


This post was sponsored by National Institute for Argentine Yerba Mate

Buenos Aires Pear Spritz

Seasons are funny in LA. They’re especially bewildering after having spent nearly two decades on the east coast where time is very much marked by the changing temperatures, and periodic closet rotations. I used to know what time of year it was based on my boot and puffy coat accessibility!

During my first year here, I lived in a summery vortex where I didn’t ever know what month it was (let alone what day – one of the pitfalls of being a freelancer with odd working hours). But after a year or so in, I started to notice the subtle changes of the Southern California seasons…

…the slight shift in lighting, the cool mornings and cooler drop in temps around dusk, and the occasional scent of wood smoke – from outdoor fire pits, of course! As a recipe creator I was especially relieved that my seasonal cravings started coming back – red wine and brown spirits in the winter, floral and aromatic in the spring…

As a resident “Masters of Mate”  – cocktail recipe creator for Argentine Yerba Mate – I like to think seasonally. Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons to create recipes for. While this Spritz could essentially be drunk all year round, it has a decidedly autumnal twist. I love the heady combination of gin, pear and rosemary. The simple syrup infused with Argentine Yerba Mate adds tea tannins, earthy notes and a little zing.

I may no longer need to bundle up quite as much as I used to come November, but I’m welcoming fall this year with a pear spritz in hand and an extra thick poncho to wear around those autumnal bonfires. 😉

Buenos Aires Spritz 
1 oz Gin
1 1/2 oz Organic Pear Juice
1/2 oz Argentine Yerba Mate Tea Syrup*
Sparkling Wine
Garnish – sprig of rosemary

Shake gin, pear juice and syrup over ice until chilled. Strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with sparkling wine. Garnish with rosemary sprig.

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

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 Amazon.com.


This post was sponsored by National Institute for Argentine 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 Amazon.com

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

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