Mate is an infusion made from toasted Yerba Mate leaves, prepared
by putting them in a gourd or "mate" with hot water and
sugar, and sipped with a straw-like filter ("bombilla"),
usually made of silver.
Cow-horn mates were used by gauchos and muleteers with a stopper
on the wider end.
INSTRUCTIONS TO PREPARE
OR "CEBAR" A GOOD MATE
The instructions below may be used for any kind of mate (whether
made of gourd, wood, horn, ceramic, china, pottery, metal or even
- Fill the mate-gourd two thirds full of yerba.
- Cover the top of the mate with your hand and gently shake it upside-down.
This is to bring the smallest yerba particles to the top of the
- Turn it back over carefully on its side. Try to keep the yerba
inclined along one side. Then pour a little lukewarm water on the
emptiest part of the mate and let it soak into the yerba. Repeat
this step using hotter water, and allow it to sit again. Insert
the straw to the bottom and in the same emptiest side of the mate.
Now you can begin preparing mate with near, but never quite, boiling