#1198 Legend has it that maté was a gift from the gods. It is the hot drink of choice in South America, where its invigorating effects and herbal, grassy notes are enjoyed by sipping from a hollow gourd (cuia) through a filtered straw (bombilla).
Preparation: 3 g maté tea (1 heaping teaspoon) per 8 oz cup of filtered water, boiled and cooled to 90°C/194°F. Allow to brew 5–10 min.
(Gourd and filtered straw are also available for purchase.)
Herbal (contains caffeine)