This popular tisane, derived from the holly tree family, is native to South America and highly regarded for its stimulating properties. What makes it so different to a standard coffee buzz, you ask? Referred to as a “clean buzz”, maté offers drinkers a better sense of focus and alertness, yet still allows for restful sleep.
Additionally, not only is maté fantastic for perking you up, but it also acts as a good appetite suppressant. So if you’re prone to snacking out of boredom or stress then drinking maté could help keep that habit at bay.
For a hot-brewed Yerba Mate:
- Add 1 tablespoons of Yerba Mate to your in cup mug infuser (250ml sized cup/mug), run a little cold water over the leaves and then top with boiled water that's been left for a minute or so, so it's off the boil and won't scald your leaves and make them bitter. Alternatively turn the kettle off before it reaches boiling point. If using a temperature controlled kettle use the same setting as green tea so approximately 60 - 80 degrees is generally good. (If wanting to make a pot allow 1 tablespoon of Yerba Mate per 250ml of water).
- Brew for about 4 minutes, then remove infuser from your cup/mug or teapot (can leave in the teapot if once you pour your first cup the leaves aren't still sitting in liquid, as it will continue to brew and get stronger and possibly too bitter). If you're planning on having another Yerba Mate during the day you can place your leaves in the fridge and reuse up to 3 - 4 more times throughout the day, but make sure you throw them out at the end of the day and start fresh tomorrow.
- Honey (or preferred sweetener) and milk (whichever type you prefer) can now be added to your liking. Enjoy!
For a cold-brewed Yerba Mate:
- Simply add 1 tablespoon of Yerba Mate per 250ml of cold water and leave covered overnight in the refrigerator. To make things easier you can use our 'Steep' DIY tea bags or tea socks to place the leaves in.
- In the morning, you'll either need to strain the leaves from the brew or remove the tea bags/socks.
- It's now ready to drink or you can also add a teaspoon of honey or some juice to taste (orange, pineapple, lemon or lime go well but this is optional).
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Yerba Mate Recipes
Recipe by In Sonet's Kitchen 1/2 of a star anise star 10 whole cloves 2 cinnamon sticks 6 whole white peppercorns 1 cardamon pod opened to the seeds 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, mashed 3 cups of water 2 heaped tblspns of Yerba Mate 3 cups of milk (almond milk is lovely or any milk of your choosing) Sweetener of choice - honey, sugar, stevia etc
- In a small saucepan, add spices and water. Bring to the boil. Remove from heat and let steep for 5 - 20 minutes, depending on how strong you want the spice flavour to be.
- Add milk to the water and spices. Bring the milk and spice mixture just to a boil and remove from heat. Add the tea and let steep for 5 - 10 minutes.
- Add sweetener to taste, if desired. Strain into a pot and serve warm.
3 tbspn whole milk (whatever your preference) 150ml water 1 tbspn Yerba Mate Sweetener to taste (either sugar, honey or vanilla sugar)
- In a small jug add 3 tablespoons of whole milk to 150ml of boiled water and stir to combine.
- Add 1 tablespoon of Yerba Mate to an in-cup/mug infuser. Place the infuser into the cup/mug and slowly pour your milk and water combo over the Yerba Mate leaves.
- Brew for 4 - 6 minutes depending on your desired strength.
- Add sugar, honey or vanilla sugar to your liking and stir to dissolve.
- You can now sit back and enjoy or you could also froth with a frother for a more latte like texture.
Yerba Mate Banana Smoothie Recipe: Serves 1
1 frozen banana 1/2 tbspn Yerba Mate for 120ml cold brewed Yerba Mate (see instructions above on how to make cold brewed Yerba Mate) 50ml (approx) of Almond milk (or milk of your preference) 1/2 tspn vanilla extract (optional) Honey or sweetener to taste (if required)
- In a blender add 1 peeled and chopped frozen banana to 120ml of cold brewed Yerba Mate.
- Add a splash of almond milk, or whatever milk you prefer and blend until smooth, adding more milk if needed. You could also use pineapple juice instead of milk if your lactose intolerant or want something a little lighter to drink.
- Depending on your preference if you wish to sweeten a little further you could add a little honey or other preferred liquid sweetener (to taste). Just add a little at a time so as not to over-sweeten.
- Stir and serve immediately.
30ml strongly brewed and chilled Yerba Mate 60ml Vodka 15ml Grand Marnier Ice Garnish with a Lemon or Lime Twist
- In a martini shaker add 30ml of strongly brewed, strained and chilled Yerba Mate (can make the hot brewed version above but will just need to chill it before using in this recipe). Add 60ml of Vodka, 15ml of Grand Marnier and add some ice and shake well.
- Serve in a martini glass or glass or your choosing with a twist of lemon or lime.