With its earthy bitterness and slightly herbal aftertaste, yerba mate can be challenging to love. But once you get past its initial awkward phase, yerba mate is an incredibly versatile drink that goes well with almost anything.
From cocktails to hot water, there are plenty of ways to enjoy yerba, mate. Here are some great ideas for mixing things up with the caffeinated South American herb.
Yerba Mate and alcohol
While the combination of yerba mate and alcohol has been a part of South American culture for centuries, not everyone agrees that it's a great idea. The debate about mixing yerba mate with alcohol isn't about whether or not mate is safe to drink when you're drunk.
The issue is whether or not alcohol is safe to drink when you're drinking, mate. There are two schools of thought concerning alcohol and yerba mate. One side of the debate says that yerba mate is a caffeine-rich substance that will counteract the effects of alcohol, making it a safer choice.
The other side of the argument says that yerba mate can contribute to alcohol poisoning by slowing down your body's ability to process the toxins in alcohol.
The debate is fierce, and both sides have studies to support their claims. Ultimately, it's probably best to keep your mate and alcohol in separate glasses.
Hot water and yerba, mate
Yerba mate goes well with hot water and a little sugar or honey. Heat your water, pour in a spoonful of sugar, and stir until it's dissolved. Toss in a handful of yerba mate and let it sit for a few minutes to let the flavor infuse into the water.
Mate is known as a "drinking tea" thanks to its earthy, full-bodied flavor. Like other teas, the flavors of yerba mate can vary greatly depending on the region it's grown in and the brand you buy. You can experiment with different mixtures of yerba mate until you find a flavor you like.
Soda, fruit, and mate
If you want to try a few different yerba mate flavors, you can combine them with soda, water, fruit, and ice. You can use any soda you like, but try to find a brand that doesn't have too much sugar.
If you want to make a healthier mate, you can try adding pieces of fresh fruit, like oranges, limes, and grapes. You can add slices of bitter herbs like juniper berries, dandelion leaves, and cascarilla. The fruit and spices add flavor and serve an essential purpose.
They help break down the bitterness of the mate and make it easier to drink. You can also use a mate straw to help sip the herbs and fruit pieces out of the glass when you're done sipping the mate.
Spanish Mate with eggs
Spanish-style eggs are a classic combination of yerba mate and eggs. Start by boiling your eggs, letting them sit in their shells if you're eating them warm, or cooling them down if you're eating them cold.
Add a tablespoon of yerba mate to a cup of hot water and let it steep as you prepare the rest of your meal. While cooking the Spanish-style scrambled eggs, add a spoonful of yerba mate to the pan and let it heat up until the water evaporates, infusing the eggs with the flavor of the mate. Some people add a spoonful of hot pepper to their Spanish mate eggs, but that's up to you.
Dark chocolate and yerba, mate
Yerba mate goes well with many different flavors, but few go together as well as yerba mate and dark chocolate. Start by pouring a cup of hot water into a small teapot or teacup and adding a spoonful of yerba mate.
Let the mate steep until it has cooled off and then pour it into a mug and add a chunk of dark chocolate. Sip the mate while you let the chocolate melt. The bitterness of yerba mate helps temper the sweetness of the dark chocolate, bringing out its rich, earthy flavor.
The chocolate also helps mute the yerba mate's anger, making it easier to enjoy. You can also try using white chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate with a high level of cacao.
Mashed beans and mate
If you're a fan of coffee and chocolate, you'll also probably enjoy mate with coffee beans. You can roast a handful of coffee beans in the oven or on a baking tray on the stove and then grind them up.
Add a spoonful of yerba mate to a cup of hot water and stir to mix the coffee and mate. Mashed beans are a traditional way of drinking meat in South America, and many people enjoy it more than sipping from a straw. The trick with mashed beans is to stir them into the water until they become thick and paste-like.
Yerba mate is a caffeinated beverage made from the leaves of an evergreen tree that grows in South America. It's been a part of South American culture for centuries and has recently gained popularity in North America.
Yerba mate is often compared to other caffeinated hot beverages like coffee and tea, but it's got a few unique qualities that set it apart. It's a lot more caffeinated than tea, and it has a unique flavor that's hard to describe: it's earthy, with a slightly herbal aftertaste.
Yerba mate is enjoyed by many people around the world in a variety of ways. It can be appreciated with hot water, cold water, soda water, or iced. It can be enjoyed with or without sugar or honey, or milk.
Yerba mate can also enjoy chocolate, coffee beans, or mashed beans. No matter how you want yerba, mate, you're sure to find a way to love it. And if you don't, there are plenty of other ways to try it out. With so many different ways to enjoy yerba, mate, you can't go wrong.