On a hot day, a tall glass (or big jug!) of iced yerba mate tea will quench your thirst, cool you off, and provide a wealth of benefits for physical and mental health!
As with making other iced teas, you have many options as to how to make iced yerba mate. But, whether you make your iced mate from a teabag or two, by brewing mate in your French press and then chilling it, or in a traditional mate gourd, your iced mate will provide so many health benefits - and taste deliciously satisfying, too!
Low-calorie, energizing, refreshing, and healthful - what's not to love about iced yerba mate?
A very quick and easy way to make iced mate is simply to brew some hot yerba mate, and then pour the delicious tea over ice to enjoy. Generally, when you make iced tea, plan to make it about twice as strong as hot tea - this will ensure your tea will still have plenty of flavor after you've chilled it and added ice!
Follow this simple recipe to make iced mate from a teabag or loose mate leaves.
If you'd like to make a larger batch of iced mate, make the hot mate in a French press or coffee maker, instead. Adjust the proportions given above, and make the mate as you would coffee in the French press or coffee maker. Pour the mate into a large pitcher, add sweetener as desired (adding the sweetener now will ensure it dissolves in the hot drink), and place in the fridge to chill. Serve over ice - and enjoy! :)
If mate is new to you, keep in mind that many people find yerba mate as is a bit astringent or strong to the taste, so you may prefer to add sweetener or some sort of flavoring to enhance the flavor to suit your taste buds.
A handful of fresh herbs (mint, oregano, rosemary, lemon verbena, or whichever herbs you have in your indoor or outdoor herb garden) can add a healthy, rejuvenating, and tasty touch to your iced tea. Remember to crush the herbs lightly with your fingers, the back of a spoon, or a mortar and pestle first to release all of those beneficial properties!
Iced mate can also be made in a more traditional manner with a mate gourd and mate straw (called a 'bombilla').
If you'd like to try a more traditional iced yerba mate recipe, first treat yourself to a mate gourd and bombilla! Then, follow the traditional yerba mate recipe you'll find here - but replace the hot water with a cold liquid, instead.
For example, you could use ice water, lemonade, a carbonated drink, your favorite milk (coconut, hemp, rice, almond...), or a refreshing fruit juice or combination of juices (pineapple, orange, lime, mango, grapefruit, peach... the possibilities are endless!).
And, of course, some fresh herbs added to the gourd will add a healthy, appetizing touch to your iced tea.
A yerba mate latte is another amazingly delicious, soothing way to enjoy this herbal tea! You'll find a recipe for yerba mate latte here.
One of the very amazing things about tea is how it can be prepared and enjoyed in so many different ways!
Yerba mate is a wonderful example - this healthful brew can be made from teabags or loose tea; made in your favorite teacup, a French press, coffee maker, or mate gourd; enjoyed hot, iced, or in a tea latte; and enhanced with any sort of sweetener, flavoring, liquid, herb, or spice your taste buds can imagine!
Why not let your creativity loose and experiment a bit with this delightful herbal tea? We'd love to hear about your favorite ways to prepare yerba mate - let us know in the Yerba Mate Comments section here!