Monday, January 25, 2010

MXMO-- Tea . .

So MxMo is here again!!! Hosted by Cocktail Virgin/Slut and the theme is tea. . . i of course followed the exact letter of the rules:
• Find or concoct a drink recipe that uses tea or tisane (a herbal "tea" which lacks tea leaves) as an ingredient. This can be hot tea, cold tea, tea syrups, or infusions and use it in a cocktail, punch, or other drink type.

• Make the drink and then post the recipe, a photo, and your thoughts

i used a tisane called Yerba Mate. . . an absolute favorite for all of the reasons laid out at wikipedia (and a few more... i do enjoy my mate!) The drink i made-- if you will allow me-- fantastic! It is called The Bolar Tereré which is a reference to a cold style of drink made in Brazil with mate (follow the links-- you'll get the gist).
To construct this drink put 1 Teaspoon of Yerba Mate in my shaker, with 2 1/2 Oz of Cachaca and set the glass to chill (a minute), zest a nice long ribbon off of a lemon and tie it into 2 knots (spraying lovely oils all over the chilled glass), squeeze out juice (1 1/4 Oz), add 2 dashes of agave nectar for sweetener and then add ice to my shaker and shake.... Double strain into chilled sour glass... The recipe looks like this:

El Bolar Tereré

1 teaspoon of Yerba Mate infused momentarily
2 1/2 Oz Fazenda Mae de Ouro Cachaca
1 1/4 Oz Lemon Juice
2 Dashes Agave Nectar
Shaken Vigorously and double strained into a chilled sour glass
Garnish with a long lemon zest tied into 2 knots...

This drink is wonderful. Essentially a cachaca sour with yerba mate-- but tasty, very, very tasty!

Hey the MXMO roundup is here . . .