Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mate Carioca - The Brazilian Iced Tea

In the heat of 40°C in Rio de Janeiro, beach, sun ... the is no better beverage then Mate !
But if being in Rio is not possible at the moment, at least the mate tea you can do at home. 
What do you think ?

2 tablespoons of toasted yerba mate
1L of water + 2L of cold water for later
sugar to taste
lemon (optional)

In a saucepan, place the yerba mate and water and heat.
When it boils, lower the heat and simmer for another 5 min.
Turn off the heat, cover the pan and allow it to cool.
Strain and add the cold water.
Take the refrigerator.

MATILDE's TIPSI usually add sugar to the glass when serving.

For those who like to mate tea with lemon, I add the juice of half a lemon in the glass also before serving time.