Yerba Mate Mint Martini

2014_6_16_Yerba Mate Martini Cover 2Who loves to finish a tough week with a nice, ice cold martini? Here’s one that I bet you’ve never tried. (And trust me, it’s good!) While I’m more of a gin than vodka martini girl, I decided to compromise (twist my arm!) with this recipe because I just happen to know a “few good men” at HQO who are die hard vodka martini drinkers.

The best part about this martini, I think, is the inventive use of yerba mate, an ingredient HQO now offers.  Yerba mate is a wonderful beverage that provides a nice dose of caffeine without the side effects coffee can sometimes provide.  It also has a slew of other benefits you can learn about in this video.

Not a mint fan? You can use a classic toasted yerba mate instead.  But, for the hot summer days, I think the subtle hint of mint is just what the doctor ordered.

If you give the recipe a try, let me know. I’d love to hear what you think and if you enjoyed it as much as I did.  Cheers! (Remember, drink responsably.)

Yerba Mate Mint Martini

2 ounces vodka
1 ounce mint yerba mate
1/2 ounce cointreau
Fresh mint for garnish

Step 1: Use one yerba mate tea bag (about 1 heaping teaspoon of loose leaf yerba mate)  to brew an extra strong small cup (about 1-3 ounces) of tea. Allow to cool or shake with some ice and strain.

Step 2: Combine vodka, cooled yerba mate, cointreau and one or two mint leaves (optional) into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake.

Step 3: Strain into chilled martini glass and garnish with a mint leaf.