Club Mate is a yerba mate containing soft drink that has become more and more popular in Germany.
It's said to be an aquired taste and in fact noone I know liked their first drink of Club Mate (including myself). However, once you are 'used to it' it becomes a nice refreshing drink (which I, at least, would prefer over coke anytime).
Unfortunalely, its availability can be rather limited depending on where you live...
While trying to recreate it, we came across other people's attempts, and all of these recipes (including this one) are in principle fairly similar. (Not a comprehensive list, but check out these: http://interlockroc.org/2010/04/17/open-mate-beta-2http://www.hackpittsburgh.org/brewing-open-mate-sodahttp://blog.kanedo.net/320,open-mate-%E2%80%93-mateeistee-selbst-gemacht.html  )

However, the recipe we came up with is very easy to make and tastes "delightful and surprisingly close to Club Mate", only "maybe a little less sweet".

Step 1: Ingredients

For 1l of "Club Mate Copycat" you'll need the following:

- Yerba Mate (3 tbs, ~10g)
- hot water (2c, ~500ml)
- brown sugar (3tbs, ~35g)
- citric acid (1/2tsp, ~2g)
- carbonated water (~500ml) (preferably refridgerated)

- Sth that boils water
- Sth that holds water
- Tea filter
<p>I stuck to this recipe exactly and cannot believe how similar it tastes. Any adjustments to personal preference are very easy to make, making this recipe perfect. Thanks a lot for this.</p>
<p>I changed the recipe a bit (I like it a bit stronger), but I can confirm that this recipe may give good results and the taste is similar to club-mate.</p><p>Next time, I'll try to use the exact recipe. This time I added lemon juice instead of citric acid, and I used slightly different type of Mate (still from South America).</p>

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