This isn’t your average iced tea recipe! This refreshing iced tea is actually made with Yerba Mate; a delicious caffeinated tea that is perfect for someone who wants an energy boost minus the jitters you can often get from coffee or black tea. I first tried Yerba Mate 5 years ago at We Care; a spa in Palm Springs. For those of you who aren’t familiar with We Care, it’s a rustic spot in the middle of the desert that specializes in cleansing and detoxifying your body. When I was struggling with digestion issues years ago, this place saved me. Just 1 week there, completely rebooted my digestion and sparked my interest in wellness. Everyone from Tom Ford to Gisele flock there yearly to reset and recharge. Anyways, back to the tea!!
What is Yerba Mate?
Yerba Mate is a caffeinated tea made from leaves found in the South American rainforest. It’s not hard to find though – so don’t worry – it’s available on Amazon and any grocery store! What’s so special about Yerba Mate is that it’s packed with vitamins, amino acids, and polyphenols. Studies have found that it boosts your metabolism and reduces inflammation. It almost tastes like a black tea, but it’s more herbal and earthy. It actually has more caffeine than black tea, but again, it doesn’t give you the jittery side effects that tea or coffee would. If I ever need a mid morning pick me up, or something to sip on before a workout or big project, I reach for this iced tea in my fridge. It would be perfect to serve this weekend for Memorial Day!
Yerba Mate Lemon Mint Iced Tea
8 cups brewed Yerba Mate tea, cooled down
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 lemon sliced thin
6 mint sprigs
Fill a pitcher with brewed tea. Add in lemon juice and lemon slices. Stir to combine. Serve in a glass filled with ice and garnish with fresh mint sprigs. Add raspberries, blackberries or cucumber for extra color and flavor!