The traditional drinking vessel for yerba mate is a dried gourd called a mate; the tea is sipped through a special drinking straw called a bombilla (bom-bee-jah).
Yerba Mate has a unique flavor that may be enjoyed many ways:
General Matcha Latte Recipe
Mix together to make paste:
Wisk in 6-8oz. Milk (hot or cold)
For hot Matcha Latte you could top with a bit of milk foam and a dusting of Matcha or cardamom powder.
For Iced Latte pour over ice (will make 16oz Drink.)
For Frozen Latte Whirl in blender with ice.
Flavored Matcha Latte
Add flavor shot with milk.
Excellent combinations to try:
Iced Juice-n-MatchaMake paste as advised above Wisk in 6-8oz of cold juice instead of water. Try coconut, pineapple, or mango.
Here are several methods for make chai, one last minute method, one stovetop method (more labor but better flavor) and several make-ahead concentrates to have on hand for a week’s worth of hot or iced Chai Latte.
**This is all about you so add more or less tea, sugar or milk depending on you like it.
CHAI ON THE FLY
Use one TBS Irie Chai per cup. Cover with 212º water and let steep, covered, for 5-10 minutes. Add honey or sugar and a dash of milk and you are good to go.
Place ingredients in pan, slowly bring to a boil. Turn down flame and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain and enjoy. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.
CHAI FROM A CONCENTRATE
Hot Chai Latte: Heat together 3/4C Chai concentrate (recipe follows) and 1/4C Milk
Iced Chai Latte: Stir together 3/4C Cold Chai concentrate with 1/4C milk. Add ice.
Coffee Maker Method
Place the 1TBS loose chai in the filter of a regular drip coffee maker.
Place the sweetener (1/2 - 1 tsp honey or sugar per cup) in the carafe of the coffee maker.
Run through one cycle and turn machine off.
Stir the concentrate to fully incorporate the sweetener.
Let cool and refrigerate for up to one week.
Follow stovetop method above but leave out milk. Let cool and refrigerate for up to one week.
Commercial Sized Concentrate
Makes 1/2 Gallon (64 oz)
2.5oz of loose Irie Chai into basket/filter of coffee maker
Run through one brew cycle and add:
1/4 cup sugar
1/2-3/4 cup honey
Stir to combine. Store in refrigerator.
To make 1 serving of chai use 3/4 part concentrate to 1/4 part milk of choice.