Extreme Cooking Tips And Advice: Giving Another Flavour To Your Mate Tea

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Mate tea is an excellent beverage for any sort of outdoor adventure, and like traditional tea it can be flavoured in different ways to turn it more interesting.

The most obvious combination is that of mate with sugar; many folkloric purists in South America believe that putting a little bit of sugar on the mate pot is akin to heresy, while others believe that it is perfectly okay since dark mate is like dark chocolate in the sense of bitterness. Sugar or any other sweetener makes it more agreeable to many; among those available sweeteners honey is quite good and since we recommend people to take honey instead of sugar for various reasons, we say the same to you: Try mate with honey.


Most mate combinations should be performed when the thing is in this state, just before pouring the hot water into it.
Most mate combinations should be performed when the thing is in this state, just before puring the hot water into it.

There are three fundamental ways to put milk on a mate, a feat that gives it distinct flavours too: You can either boil milk and use it instead of hot water or put a little bit of milk powder on top of the yerba mate, like sugar. The third option is to use condensed milk: You will have to pour a spoonful o fit on top of the yerba mate like you would do in the case of honey and this will not only change the flavour because of the mil, but will also sweeten the infusion quite a bit because of the high sugar content that condensed mil usually has.

Another good choice is to put a couple of coffee grains and then pour the water on the mate. This gives the whole thing a new personality. You can also try the same with orange or lemon slices, mint, etc.

One of the advantages of mate over traditional tea, other infusions and hot beverages lies in its versatility. It is very easy to make mixes and combinations and there is in principle no other limit but your own creativity and the tastes of those who want to enjoy a mate session. Nothing is written in stone so, why not give it a try?


You can mix mate even with wild flowers like these.
You can mix mate even with wild flowers like these.



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