Mix It Up!

Traditionally from the indigenous cultures of Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay yerba mate has recently become incredibly popular around the world. The drink is now a regular sight in the hands of people as far away as California and Lebanon. In our quest to learn the different ways the world drinks mate, we came across a place a little bit closer to the origin of the drink: Santiago, Chile! In the trendy Barrio Italia district of the city, young santiaguinos have found an ingenious way to fuel their long night’s out with yerba mate’s well-known natural energy. There, bar tenders have made yerba mate a feature in their cocktails!

We asked around and experimented with various mixers using the mate we sell here at Latin Coffee Warehouse. Here’s a sampling of the best ones we’ve tasted:

Jarabe de Yerba (Yerba Syrup):

Use this recipe to create the ultimate companion to your favorite spirit liquor, whether that’s rum, vodka, gin or Pisco!

You will need: One 1/4 cup of your favorite traditional or flavored Argentinian-style yerba mate with stems, a stone mortar and pestle, 4 cups of raw granulated cane sugar and a medium saucepan. Fresh mint optional.

Preparation: Add 1/4 cup of the yerba to the mortar and grind until most of the leaves are pulverized. Add the sugar and 4 cups hot water into a saucepan over medium heat, then stir for about 10 minutes until evenly saturated and sugar is dissolved. Let cool.

To serve: Stir in your Yerba Syrup a little at a time to the unsweetened spirit beverage of your choice until the mixed drink suits your taste. Pour over crushed ice in a tumbler and garnish with fresh mint!

Sangria Mate Hierbas (Herbal Mate Sangria)

South America’s favorite herbal drink meets Spain’s beloved sangria in this fruit filled mix of red wine, fruit and brewed perfection. The base wine you go with depends on your occasion and the food you might be serving. We recommend either a White Zinfandel (pink, sweet and refreshing – pairing well with lighter fare) or Black Muscat (red, sweet and intense – which pairs best with stronger flavors).

You will need: 1 bottle of Wine (, 1 1/2 cups of frozen or fresh strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, a few drops of aniseed extract, 3 spoons of stevia or cane sugar, 1 cup of concentrated brewed CBSe Frutos del Bosque Yerba Mate. Cinnamon sticks are optional.

Preparation: Prepare 1 cup of concentrated first-brew mate in the traditional way, letting it soak for at least 15 minutes at least then waiting for it to cool down. For best results, place in fridge overnight. Add the fruit, aniseed extract and stevia/sugar into a jug or carafe. Pour the wine over the mixture. Next, strain the mate so that it contains only the brew (and no stems or leaves) and then pour it into the mix. Let the mixture soak for at least so the juices from the fruit get dissolved properly into the mix. Remember not to add any ice at this stage so as not to dilute the drink.

To serve: Pour your Herbal Mate Sangria chilled or “over-the-rocks” into tumblers or wine glasses. Garnish with a stick of cinnamon.

Pina Mate Spiced Rum

Bring the tropics to the table with this deliciously energizing Caribbean rum cocktail. Perfect for those before-the-storm moments between dinner and “the club”.

You will need: 1 bottle of Spiced Island Dark Rum, 5 limes, one cup of fresh pineapple juice, 2 cups of CBSe Guarana Yerba Mate, and 1 tablespoon of cane sugar or stevia (optional). A sifter, crushed ice and a large cocktail mixer.

Preparation: Shift the yerba mate to separate it from its powder. Keep the powder aside as a garnish when the drink is served. Prepare 2 cups of concentrated first-brew CBSe Guarana Yerba Mate in the traditional way, letting it brew in hot (but not boiling) water for at least 15 minutes at least, waiting for it to cool down and then placing fridge for 2 hrs. Next, mix the entire bottle of rum with the pineapple juice and the juice of 2 limes. Strain the mate so that it contains only the brew and then pour it (free of stems or leaves) into the mix. Optionally, add cane sugar or stevia (optional ) if your prefer a sweeter taste.

To serve: Chop the other 3 limes into small pieces. Then add the mixture, chopped limes and some crushed ice into a mixer and shake vigorously for 3 seconds. Pour into tumblers over crushed ice. Sprinkle ground yerba mate Guarana powder over the foam … and enjoy!