Guayakí Yerba Mate - A Powerful Rainforest Experience
Gourd Recipe | Ginger Gourd Recipe
Tomando mate (drinking mate) is a symbol of hospitality. As the mate gourd is passed around, a sense of connection emerges. The first step of the ceremony is the preparation of the gourd. Typically, the cebador/a - mate server - prepares mate for a friend or a group of friends. The cebador/a drinks the first one or two gourd-fulls, testing the waters to ensure that only a smooth running mate is shared. Then the gourd is refilled with water and passed counter-clockwise with the bombilla (straw-filter) facing the recipient. Each person drinks the entire gourd: "you share the vessel, not the liquid." The recipient of the gourd has as much time as needed to finish the gourd-full. After the last few sips of the mate are gone, the gourd is returned with the bombilla facing the cebador/a. The gourd is refilled with hot water and follows around the circle, continuing in this fashion until the mate is lavado (flat). If someone has had enough mate, they simply say gracias (thank you) to indicate that they are finished.
- 1 liter of hot water (not boiling)
- Yerba Mate (fill gourd 2/3'rds full)
- (gourd and bombilla)
Preparing yerba mate in a gourd is an art.
2) Gently shake the gourd so that the yerba mate is on one side, leaving an open area on the other side.
3) Insert the filtered end of the bombilla into the bottom of the gourd.
4) Gently pour a little cold water into the open area to moisten the yerba mate. This protects the flavor and health properties. Leave the mate gourd tilted until the yerba mate has absorbed the water.
5) Add hot (no hotter than150 degrees F.) water until it reaches just below the top of the yerba mate. Sip from the bombilla until all the liquid is gone, then add more hot water. The first few drinks are strong; the flavor will soften as more water is added for each drink.
6) Now that the gourd is prepared, drink it, add more hot water and serve your friends one at time in a circular fashion. Basically, pour, pass, sip. Let them know not to move the bombilla, as to not disturb the yerba. - Before using the gourd, read the curing and caring section.
7. The mate gourd can be refilled 15-20 times.
Ginger Gourd Recipe
- 6 Cups water
- 3 Tbsp Fresh Ginger (chopped or shredded)
- 6 Tbsp Honey
- 1 Tbsp Lemon juice (optional)
- Boil the ginger for 5 - 10 minutes, then remove from heat and let cool for 1 minute.
- Strain the mixture to get just a clear ginger tea, then stir in the honey and lemon. Keep it hot in a thermos or serve directly from the tea kettle.
- Add to your gourd.