Around the World in 60 Cocktails: The Hand

On the sands of Brava Beach in Punta del Este, a giant hand made of stone emerges from the sand. “La Mano,” as the sculpture created by Chilean artist Mario Irrazábal is titled, has become a symbol of the resort town, arguably Uruguay’s most famous destination.

If the iconic sculpture inspired the name of our cocktail, the South American nation’s iconic drink – yerba mate – inspired its flavor. This traditional tea, also popular in neighboring Argentina and southern Brazil, is infused with El Jimador tequila for a delicious herbal tea cocktail. Green Chartreuse, a historic French liqueur with a very distinctive spicy and herbal flavor, rounds out this creative margarita recipe.

Thus, the Hand is a margarita variation with herbaceous undertones by way of France, Mexico and, of course, Uruguay. Salud!


  • 1/2 oz. Sugar syrup
  • 1 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • 1 bsp. Chartreuse
  • 1 1/2 oz. Yerba mate-infused tequila

How to Prepare:

  1. Chill a coupe and put to one side
  2. Prepare a lime wheel garnish
  3. Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, top with cubed ice and shake for 10 seconds
  4. Empty ice from coupe, fine strain and garnish with lime wheel