How to Make Yerba Mate - Recipes, Tips, and Inspiration

If you've been wondering how to make yerba mate tea, here are some simple recipes and helpful tips for making this nourishing, healthful herbal tea. 

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Whether you'd like to simply make a cup of yerba mate, learn more about the traditional method of making mate, whip up some refreshing iced yerba mate tea, or are craving a steamy yerba mate latte, you'll find a recipe here. 

This powerhouse tea is so incredibly beneficial for physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Try one of these easy recipes, and be sure to drop by our Yerba Mate Benefits section to browse through the many ways this naturally caffeinated herbal tea can support and nurture us. 

A Simple Yerba Mate Recipe

Making yerba mate the traditional way (with a mate cup and mate straw) is a wonderful way to experience this tea, but, if you'd rather make and enjoy yerba mate as you do other teas - made from loose leaves or with a teabag, and then enjoyed in your favorite cup or handy travel mug, try this easy yerba mate recipe, instead. 

You'll need...

  • One yerba mate teabag or 1 - 2 heaping teaspoons loose-leaf yerba mate tea (or according to package directions)
  • 8 oz. fresh, delicious water, brought just to the boil (get some tips here for choosing the best water for tea)
  • Optional additions to taste, such as sweetener, citrus, cinnamon, chocolate, milk, or mint

How to make yerba mate...

  1. Add the teabag or loose-leaf tea to a favorite cup or mug (an infuser or infuser mug works wonderfully for loose-leaf tea).
  2. Cool the just-boiled water slightly (herbal teas are best when steeped in very hot, not boiling, water), and then add to your cup.
  3. Cover and steep the aromatic yerba mate tea for 3 to 8 minutes (or according to package directions).
  4. Remove the teabag or loose tea leaves.
  5. Optional:  Add extras to taste, such as sweetener, citrus, or mint, if you wish.

Now... take a sip, relax, and let your body and mind enjoy the many benefits this flavorful tea can provide.

If yerba mate is new to you, get to know more about this richly flavorful South American tea on our "What is Yerba Mate?" page

You can also prepare yerba mate in a French press, coffee maker, or espresso machine. Just replace your usual coffee with loose yerba mate (adjust the proportions suggested above), and make and serve the yerba mate as you would coffee.

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It's so easy to increase this recipe - simply adjust the ingredients proportionately (with an extra teaspoon of tea or another teabag for the pot) to make a nice big pot of yerba mate tea to enjoy with a good friend or a good book for the afternoon (some self-nurturing time).

How to Make Yerba Mate | The Tea Talk

Keep in mind that yerba mate can be more bitter tasting than traditional teas (such as green and black tea) and many other herbal teas. So, if you find mate on its own to be too strong, try adding some favorite extras, like mint, citrus, vanilla, chocolate, or a flavored syrup. 

Or, enjoy mate as you would coffee, with a dash of milk, a sprinkle of cinnamon or a cinnamon stick, and a favorite sweetener, like organic honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar. Yum!

Why not try...

  • For an adult version, add a dash of liqueur to hot mate.
  • Keep a French press on hand just to use for herbal teas - such an easy way to bring out the fullest flavor and wellness benefits of herbal teas, and to experiment with combining different teas for your own special blend, too.

Yerba mate is such a versatile beverage... It's easily made with simply a mug and teabag, with loose leaves and an infuser or French press, even with a coffee or espresso machine. Delicious hot, iced, or in a latte, served with favorite extras (like sweetener, milk, or a slice of lemon or orange), yerba mate is not only beautifully healthful, but completely adaptable to our taste buds and mood, too.

More about How to Make Yerba Mate

Visit our other pages about how to make yerba mate - you'll find a recipe for Iced Yerba Mate, a Yerba Mate Latte, and a more Traditional Yerba Mate recipe. 

Now that you know how to make yerba mate, be sure to drop by our Yerba Mate Side Effects page to read up on some tips for safe use and precautions associated with this tea, too. 

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