If you've been on an Argentina tour
or Uruguay trip
chances are you've passed the mate.
Yerba mate is a hot drink made from a blend of herbs, much like a tea. It contains caffeine, herbs and proteins as well as hot water. But it is much more than a simple drink; sharing mate is a social experience. It is typically prepared by one, but shared by many and presents the occasion to spend time with friends and family. At home, I can never quite replicate the mate I've enjoyed in Argentina. This video does an excellent job giving instructions on how to come close.