Hot and Cold.

Mate is a popular infusion in Brazil, appreciated form North to South. It is very similar to black tea a little bit more fruity and floral. Ice mate is sold on the beaches during summer time (the whole year in north). Hot mate is commonly use with medicinal purpose such as calming down upset stomach, or with lime, garlic, and honey for cold.

Pineapple Ice Mate
This is my favorite version of ice mate. A fresh relief to Miami’s hot days!

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Ingredients

• 1 litter(4 cups)
• 2 Tp mate loose leaf
• 4 pineapple slices
• Ice
• Peppermint leaves
• sugar (optional)

Pour hot water( not boiled) over tea and allow to brew for 5-7 minutes. Strain it and allow to cold. Combine tea, pineapple slices, and sugar in a blend. Strain again. Serve over ice with the peppermint leaves.

Mate With Gemada
Gemada is egg yolk mixed with sugar until creamy. My grandmother used to make this hot beverage to warm my brothers and I on cold mornings during Paranaguá’s winter.

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Ingredients

• 1 liter water ( 4 cups)
• 2 Tp mate loose leaf
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 3 cloves
• 1 egg yolk
• 3 Tp refine sugar

Mix the egg yolk with sugar until creamy and light yellow (as the butter color). Set aside.
Combine water, mate, cinnamon, cloves in a kettle and boils* it. Strain it.
Put one tablespoon of Gemada in a cup and pour mate over it. Mix slightly.

*Once you boil mate it will become a little bitter, that is nice in this recipe because Gemada is really sweet.

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