Ahhh…this has become my ultimate “feel good” summer concoction. It’s better for you than coffee yet still has a nice caffeine high. Mate is a traditional South American infused drink, made from steeping dried leaves of yerba mate in hot water. You can find tea bags of mate infusions in most local grocery stores now to make the brewing process easier. Yerba mate tea contains significant levels of antioxidants, with slightly higher levels than green tea and studies have shown that it may exhibit significant cancer-fighting activity. It has more caffeine than a cup of coffee, yet does not give you the “jitters” that coffee can. This summer I pour it over ice and add a splash of lime and agave. Simple. Refreshing.
Boil water. Pour into a pitcher and steep tea bags until desired strength. Remove tea bags. Once cooled, add juice from limes and agave to taste. Pour over ice and enjoy.