Who doesn’t like iced tea? It’s the perfect summer drink. Cold. Sweet. And super refreshing. Can’t beat that…
Today let’s bump up your typical, boring iced tea powder to the next level. Move over Lipton. Step aside Snapple. Watch out Arizona. Circle of Drink’s Lemon (matefrio) Iced Tea is a game changer. This won’t be your typical glass of iced tea. No sir. Yerba mate is reemerging from the depths of South America to a growing North American market that’s looking for something that’s both refreshing and mentally stimulating in one drink.
For an in-depth look into the differences between yerba mate and green tea and between yerba mate and coffee, make sure to click those links. You’ll be pleasantly surprised that you haven’t been drinking yerba mate all along.
Okay, so below you’ll find a short video showing how to make cold brewed yerba mate.
Further down, we’ve laid out step-by-step instruction if you aren’t able to watch the video.
How to Brew Yerba Mate Ice Tea
You’ll need the following items:
- Large pot
- Strainer (if you aren’t using tea pouches)
- Loose-leaf yerba mate tea
- A container or jug to hold the iced tea.
Prepare 30 gms (about 7 heaping tea spoons) of yerba mate per 1 liter (roughly 4 cups) of water.
Bring water to about 190ºF (right before full boil), remove from heat, add yerba mate and sweetener of choice. Cover with a plate to preserve flavors and medicinal oils; stir occasionally.
Brew for at least 15 minutes and upwards of 25–35 mins. for maximum strength and body. Remove yerba mate once brewed and either enjoy hot right away or allow to cool for at least 1 hour.
Pour brewed yerba mate into tea jug, add ice and sliced fruits for that little extra something, and serve over ice.
For more videos on preparing yerba mate, check this page: http://circleofdrink.com/yerba-mate-tutorials
Stay cool this summer with some yerba mate iced tea. Enjoy!