At rum-centric restaurant Ronero in Chicago, the kitchen focuses on Latin American cuisine, including Argentinean, so having a yerba mate cocktail was a no-brainer. Bartender Allie Kim combines Old Forester signature bourbon with Bénédictine, stone ground yerba mate syrup, lemon and mint for a refreshingly herbaceous cocktail that works year-round. Meaning “lightbulb,” “little pump” and “straw” in Spanish, it takes its name from the metal straw yerba mate is usually sipped from, which allows yerba mate to be served loose-leaf without consuming any large particles.
Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.
Fine-strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass.
Garnish with a mint sprig.
*Stone-ground yerba mate syrup: Add 1/4 cup stone-ground yerba mate, 4 cups granulated sugar and 4 cups hot water into a saucepan over medium heat, and stir for about 10 minutes until evenly saturated and sugar is dissolved. Let cool.