My husband of course fell in love with Colorado so when his company wanted to move us there (the first time, you might have just read a previous post and yes we're moving back) he jumped at the opportunity. When we lived there he took me to this place and I couldn't get Mate out of my mind. I would crave that drink. We actually lived in Denver so we couldn't get it often but when we were within a 30 mile radius of this place we would always stop by. Now I'm thrilled to be able to make something much similar to what we had at the Mate Factor although nothing can replace the experience of actually going to there, which it looks like I will be able to do soon! If you're ever near Manitou Springs you've got to check out this place.
You might be wondering what Mate is? Mate comes from Yerba Mate which is an evergreen plant that's leaves are used to make a tea enjoyed traditionally by many South American cultures. There are many health benefits to drinking this tea. From what I understand it has more antioxidants than green tea and is filled with vitamins and minerals. I have read that it can help control allergies, reduce stress and cleanse the body. We've made the swap from traditional sweet tea to Mate and aren't planning to go back. All of our guests who've tried it really like it too and always ask how to make it.
Peach Mate is our favorite but cranberry is a close second. What makes this Mate so unique is the addition of juice concentrate. Don't be afraid to experiment with flavors and find one that you like. The steps to making Mate are not hard and don't stress if you don't have a French press. Just put the Mate in a pot of water and bring to a boil, let steep, then using the lid pour the liquid into the pitcher leaving behind the tea leaves.
If you have difficulty finding Mate you can always buy some from the Mate Factor's online store. Or my go to place is Vitacost. If you're new to Vitacost click HERE to get $10 off.
I hope you ENJOY this recipe as much as we do!