Recipe: Cold brew lemon vs. Yerba Mint infusion

With the peak of British summertime, hot weather and blistering sunshine (hopefully) just around the corner why not cool down with one of our deliciously tangy and fresh Yuyo summer drink creations? This drink is perfect for lounging in the sun and energising enough for a quick refresher between work and play.

The consumption of yerba mate dates back to pre-Columbian times and is to this day the most popular drink in southern South America, dubbed the "drink of the gods" [1]. While not only refreshing, our flavoursome Cold brew lemon vs. Yerba Mint infusion will also give you a just-woken-up feeling of freshness through mate's unique combination of caffeine, theobromine and hydration [2], plus its additional array of health benefits. PLUS this super cool drink is also exceedingly hip - so do yourself a favour and tag us in your instagram posts with @yuyodrinks #escapetheordinary and #yerbamatemission.

Cold brew lemon vs. Yerba Mate Mint infusion

Ingredients (for one large serving)

  • Two bags of Yuyo's Yerba Mint (4-5 bags if you are making a
  • pitcher to share)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of honey or a substitute like agave nectar (add more
  • sweetness to taste)
  • Several large ice cubes
  • 2 - 3 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons of freshly pressed lemon juice (more to taste)

Decoration (optional)

  • Lemon wedge
  • Chopped mint leaves

Method

Place Yuyo Yerba Mint bags into a glass filled with iced water and leave to infuse through cold brewing for 15 - 20 minutes.

Remove the bags and in a new glass add agave nectar (or your choice of sweetener) and lemon juice over ice cubes and mint leaves.

Pour Yuyo Yerba Mint infusion over and stir.

To decorate, moisten the rim of the glass and sprinkle with chopped mint. Add lemon wedge on side of glass, and for optimal results enjoy in the sunshine.

So when that sunshine does finally peak out behind the clouds, start (cold) brewing!

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1 Small, E. & Catling, P.M. 2001, "BLOSSOMING TREASURES OF BIODIVERSITY: 3. Maté (Ilex paraguariensis) - better than Viagra, marijuana, and coffee?", Biodiversity, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 26-27.

2 Filip R, Lopez P, Coussio J, Ferraro G (1998). Mate substitutes or adulterants: study of xanthine content. Phytotherapy Research, 12(2):129-131.