Yerba Mate Latte
I stopped drinking sodas at about age 16, the year was either 1981 or 1982. I’m not sure why I decided to stop, perhaps it stemmed from discomfort after imbibing or a general sense the fizzy stuff was doing damage to my person. Like a lot of people in the 1970’s, my parents had decided we as a family were “going on a health kick” which included a moratorium on soda purchases. I don’t know what motivated my parents to ban the liquid carbonated syrup from me and my brother’s convenient grasp either (he by the way was livid). Today sugar, seemingly the devil according to countless books, studies and just general bad press, or excessive consumption of sugar is now blamed for a wide array of ailments such as cancer, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome and high blood pressure. Yes, fruits and some very nutrient dense vegetables contain sugar – hello beets and sweet potatoes – but processed food stuffs like soda are simply empty calories.
I mention sodas because on occasion I like to enjoy a Coke Float. Of course I’m purchasing an artisanal, organic Cola or Root Beer when quenching my biennial craving – nothing but the best! A Mexican Coke, which is made with natural cane sugar in lieu of high fructose corn syrup, may be some folks fancy. If loving an ice cream float is wrong, I don’t want to be right. And yes I use organic vanilla. But I have digestive issues. So, I started drinking Yerba Mate which helped. I read that in Peru sometimes the Mate is served with lemon and a sweetener, sometimes it is prepared with milk, a sweetener and spices, so I began experimenting. To my palate’s surprise, I came up with a Yerba Mate Latte recipe that mimics my enchanting Coke Float. Love will conquer all! FYI, Mate does contain caffeine so it is a great coffee substitute. Mate is also reputed to be the drug of choice for brain hackers because it optimizes mental performance. Prepare a few of Granny’s Deviled Eggs and some Drop Butter Biscuits for an epic African-American Dim Sum.
Yerba Mate Latte
- 1/4 Cup strongly brewed, chilled Yerba Mate
- 2 Cups Grass Fed Cow’s Milk or Milk Substitute (I like unsweetened Hemp Milk)
- 1 tsp. Organic Agave or Sweetener of choice
- 1/2 tsp. Organic Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 tsp. Organic Ground Cardamom
- Dash of Organic Allspice
- Dash of Organic Nutmeg
- Dash of Organic Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 2 Cloves (Optional)
I combine everything in a tall glass, stir and then serve. I brew 40- ounces of Mate in a french press in advance and store it in the refrigerator so that I have it on hand at all times.
13 thoughts on “Yerba Mate Latte”
This was so tasty! I’m not super sensitive to a lot of foods (although i heard that changes) but I love finding healthier swaps using wholesome ingredients.
Hope you remain non-sensitive Shani. The tea is however good for many other ailments. Please let me know if you try it!
This Yerba Mate Latte was great! i used the hemp milk swap and it was so delicious.
What a great alternative to coffee. I can’t belive how much I enjoyed my Yerba mate. Definitely making this again!
Yerba mate is my go-to for teas when I need a bit of comfort, but I’ve never made it in a latte. This was such a nice change of pace from the way I normally drink it.
This latte was so good! Sidebar: I always love the facts and anecdotes you provide with your recipes.
Thank you kindly Marcus!
What an amazing latte! I too stopped drinking soda years ago and love being able to substitute something way more satisfying. I used oat milk and the recipe was still amazing. Definitely making this again!
This latte was so good! I have never tried anything like it before but I’ll be adding it to my hot drink menu.
This was do delicious and so wholesome! I will for sure be making more of it!
I love the stories you tell with your recipes. This latte was absolutely delicious! I followed your suggestion and made a big batch of Yerba Mate to have on hand in the fridge for when I need a pick me up.
Adding this one to my morning rotation. Thank you for the easy recipe!