Try this traditional yerba mate recipe when you're ready to enjoy the many physical, mental, emotional, and even social benefits this nourishing herbal tea has to offer!
Making herbal teas is such a simple, enjoyable, comforting task... and with such deliciously healthful results.
As with other herbal teas, mate can be made with loose tea or a teabag, served hot or iced, enjoyed in a latte, relished as is or enhanced with your favorite extras (like sweetener, milk, herbs, or citrus) - it's entirely up to you!
To enjoy the fullest health benefits of mate and for a new tea-drinking experience, why not make your yerba mate with a mate gourd and mate straw? Follow this yerba mate recipe for a more traditional mate-drinking experience.
If you'd like to make and enjoy your yerba mate in a more traditional style, treat yourself to a gourd and a bombilla. A gourd is simply a small cup used for making and serving mate, and a bombilla is a drinking straw, usually made from metal (such as stainless steel or silver), with a filtered end to prevent mate leaves from coming up the straw.
Then, when you're ready to make your mate...
Victoria Zak, in her brilliant book, "20,000 Secrets of Tea," suggests spicing mate in the traditional manner by sauteing brown sugar with lemon juice until brown, and then adding to the hot yerba mate tea. Yum!
And, you can top up the gourd with additional hot water (and your extras, too) a few times, as you'd like, until the mate loses its flavor. If you'd rather not keep re-boiling your water, store it in a thermos to keep it at just the right temperature for your mate.
And, to glean every bit of flavor, you can also use the bombilla to push the leaves to the other side of the gourd before you refill with hot water.
Making yerba mate with a gourd and bombilla may be a new experience for you. And, even though you may prefer a more familiar way of making this tea - say, with a kettle, tea infuser, and your favorite tea mug - why not consider giving the traditional mate method a try?
Not only will making your tea in a gourd give you a more authentic mate experience, but another very good reason to choose the traditional method of making yerba mate is that you can benefit even more from mate's healthful properties.
Research suggests that making mate in the traditional manner - which uses very little water in proportion to mate leaves - is the most effective way to benefit from yerba mate's beneficial components, such as its potent antioxidants and many minerals and vitamins.
And, mate gourds and bombillas would make a fun and lovely addition to your teaware collection! :)
If you're ready to try making your own mate, why not give this traditional recipe a try? Using a gourd and bombilla is a special, fun, and satisfying way to enjoy this amazingly healthful, nurturing herbal tea.
There are so many remarkable herbal teas available to us! While you may be comfortable with your familiar favorites, it can be a tasty and healthy choice to branch out and add a new herbal tea to your tea repertoire every so often! Yerba mate is an excellent option - healthy in so many ways, and with a very stimulating taste and pleasing aroma, you may find this tea quickly becomes one of your favorites.
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