Guayaki Yerba Mate Bubble Tea
Ever since I had my first bubble tea over 6 years ago, it was love at first taste. Now I can't pass up the opportunity to grab one whenever they are available, but the one thing I just hadn't tried yet was making my own at home. After a little web surfing I wasn't able to find anyone who had made a bubble tea using Yerba Mate, so naturally that was the perfect excuse to finally make my first homemade bubble tea and get to experimenting!
Once I began this project I realized the endless possibilities to make all kinds of boba infused Guayaki Yerba Mate drinks. This recipe I have made below is a semi-sweet drink (unlike most bubble teas) to help preserve the smoky flavor of the loose leaf Yerba Mate for a natural and refreshing treat. Adjust all ingredient amounts to your personal taste preference or just focus on the boba preparing directions and do so as your creative instincts desire to make your version of the perfect Yerba Mate bubble tea!
- 2 Cups Steeped Guayaki Yerba Mate (loose leaf/teabags)
- 1/4 cup dried boba pearls (per serving)
- 2 Cups Water (2 cups per 1/4 cup of boba)
- 1/4 cup Almond Milk or Milk Substitute of Choice
- 3 TBSP Honey or Sugar of Choice
- Pinch of Cinnamon or 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Ice Cubs
- Rose Petals or Fresh Herbs of Choice For Garnish
- Reusable Boba Straws (A spoon will work if you don't have immediate access to these)
1. Brew your Guayaki Yerba Mate as personally preferred. For this recipe I made my Yerba Mate Sun Tea as the base. Strain or remove tea bags after desired strength is achieved. Add 1 tablespoon of honey or your sweetener of choice and let cool. (Adjust sweetness as needed)
2. On the stovetop measure out 2 cups of water for every 1/4 cup of boba that you will be using. Bring water to a boil and then add in dried boba stirring lightly until the pearls float to the top.
3. Turn the heat down to medium, add a lid, and cook the boba for another 2-15 minutes depending on the type of boba you have bought and personal consistency desires. For the kind I purchased after boiling I cover the pot and cooked them for an additional 2 minutes which made them perfectly chewy. Some boba will require them to sit for an additional 15 minutes off the heat after cooking, as I said make sure to follow the directions of your brand of boba.
4. Strain Boba Pearls and rinse in cool water. Once the pearls have cooled down transfer them to another bowl or container. I added 2 tablespoons of honey, but you can use your sweetener of choice and adjust the amount used based on your batch size or taste preference. Let boba marinate in the sugars for a few minutes before serving.
5. Fill your glass with 1/4 of the way with the boba, add your brewed Guayaki Yerba Mate, almond milk or substitute, and ice cubs. For this recipe I also added 1/4 teasppon of vanilla extract and a cinnamon stick for added flavor. Stir it up and garnish with flower petals like roses or your favorite fresh herbs.
Just as I whipped up this quick recipe, my brain began to flutter at the truly endless flavor combinations of Yerba Mate bubble tea that could be made. As I type this I am day dreaming of all the potentials- last month's peach + lemon yerba slush + boba? Oh yes. Or even just dumping your cooked boba into a bottle of your favorite Guayaki Yerba Mate Tereré. If you are a boba enthusiast and a Yerba Mate connoisseur like me, I'm sure you won't have any problem diving into these possibilities as well. Cheers!
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*Creativity is always encouraged*
Get your Guayaki Yerba Mate Loose Leaf + other products at your local health food store and online here: www.guayaki.com