Are you tired of drinking always the same? Maybe looking for something to replace coffee as your studying companion? Maybe you just got tired of tea and coffee altogether and those coffee substitutes taste a bit too much like ground tree bark…
Maybe you have gone alkaline and are looking for something within the herbal teas that you can drink but is a little less herbal…
Well, here is the answer: Tea Mate! The name comes from the South American beverage “Mate” which is sipped through a bombilla (metal straw) just as this drink. Tea mate does not have yerba as the traditional one, but tea, hence the name.
If you want to know more about how to prepare the traditional mate, you can read here.
Tea Mate originated in the Argentinian provinces of Corrientes and Entre Rios, I have no idea if it is drank in any other country.
So, how do you prepare it and why is it alkaline?
It is alkaline because it’s prepared with herbal teas, such as peppermint, chamomile, mint, lemon verbena, pretty much any herbal tea you like. If you are lucky as myself and have your own herbs, you can use them instead of teas or to complement them.
You will also need half an orange and half a lemon. Though the orange is acidic because of its sugar content, the lemon will make the drink alkaline.
500/750 ml boiling water
Half an orange (no need to peel, just wash)
Half a lemon (no need to peel, just wash)
3 tea bags of assorted flavours or same flavour.
Mint leaves, lemon thyme leaves etc. (if using).
You’ll also need a flask to keep the water hot, a medium-sized mug and a bombilla (can get one on Amazon for about £5).
1.- Cut the orange and lemon into chunks.
2.- Boil enough water to fill your flask.
3. – Place 1 tea bag at the bottom of the mug, then place the bombilla and layer some lemon and orange chunks. Add the other two tea bags and cover with the remaining orange and lemon. You may find that you have too many slices of orange, it will depend on the size of your mug. Keep them for future mates.
4.- Add the mint leaves, if using. This is how it will look:
5.- If you don’t care about alkalinity you can add a small amount of honey or sugar. Then pour boiling water until you fill the mug.
Great for those cold winter days…
Taste: Depends on which tea you use, but it’s deliciously citrusy, refreshing if you use mint, and warming. I love it!