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