Honey Maté Cocktail

I've been reading this book that was gifted to my yoga group when we graduated called Happy Yoga by Steve Ross and there was a quote in there about love that stood out to me, "But here's the pure yogic truth: The love you experience at any time with any person is not coming from then; it's coming from inside you. It's your experience of you true self. In other words, the other person is a stimulus that allows your own love to be uncovered." I've been thinking that over for a while. Maybe I'll write up a whole post on it someday, but for right now I just think it's a nice thought. That all the feelings your feeling are being provoked and not caused by another person. Isn't that what they always say about people who annoy you? You never hear the same thing about love. Because annoyance makes somebody an isolate and love makes them spectacular, but according to this new logic those are just the things that are coming from inside you. Interesting, Mr. Ross. And those are some thoughts to roll around in your head while you ruin your healthy tea with booze, think your thoughts and hopefully read a good book or two.  

So, my new favorite thing is to drink green tea with gin in it. As you can probably guess it can be a little bit bitter on it's own, hence, the honey. Also, I'm just obsessed with raw honey to begin with, so anything I can add it to is a plus. This drink always stays a little on the tart side. So, make sure not to over-brew your tea or you'll make it way too bitter. If you want, you can swap out the honey, for agave or maple syrup, just make sure you mix it in with the hot tea so it dissolves. 

Here's what you'll need: 

  • 1 tea bag - I used Bija Yerba Mate
  • 4 oz of water
  • 1 shot of gin - I used Tanqueray
  • 1/2 tablespoon of honey 
  • 5-6 ice cubes - crushed


  • Bring water to boil in a kettle and pour 1/2 a cup of water in with you tea bag. Put a small lid or plate on top to make sure it brews strong. Keep an eye on how long it's brewing. Normally it's between 2-4 minutes, but it'll usually says on the bag. 
  • Add in the honey while the tea is still hot, then set aside to cool.
  • Mix ice and gin in a glass and pour cooled tea over top of it.