One of my absolute favourite things to drink in the US is the yerba mate drinks by Guayaki! Unfortunately I can’t get them here in the UK so I decided I would have to make my own version. Here I’m using berries to flavour my yerba but feel free to experiment – one of my favourite Guayaki flavours uses elderflower!
The tea is made from the leaves of the Yerba Mate shrub. It has a grassy taste similar to green tea. Yerba may reduce allergy symptoms and help with diabetes and high blood sugar. Because Yerba Mate contains compounds that suppress appetite many people drink it before meals to promote weight loss. However, for me, it’s bonus is in its caffeine. As someone who is coffee caffeine sensitive (as in jitters, anxiety, general feelings of death) Yerba Mate is a welcome relief. You’ll be pleased to know there’s no nasty crash either!
If you own a juicer, feel free to juice the fruit in the way you normally would. I will be using the straining method in this instance.
To brew the tea
- 1 pint of cold water or 1 pint of warm but not hot water (if the water is boiling, the tea will take on a bitter taste)
- 2-3 yerba mate teabags (I use Teapigs)
To make the juice
- 125g blueberries
- 150g raspberries
- 1 cup of water
For the blend
- 3 tbsps maple syrup
- Ice (optional)
- The night before you want to drink the tea, pour the water into a jug and add the tea bags. Cover and leave in the fridge to brew. If you’re pressed for time, you can brew the tea with warm water the following day and add ice to cool.
- In the morning, add the blueberries and raspberries to a blender with 1 cup of water. Blend until a thin juice forms.
- Using a nut milk bag or double muslin, strain the juice into a bowl. Discard the pulp.
- Return the juice to the blender. Discard the yerba mate teabags and add the brewed tea to the blender. Add the maple syrup. Blend together, adding more sweetener to taste.
- Serve chilled with ice.