Hive Mate

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Yerba Mate Soda, “Hive Mate”

Mike Horwath Aug 2016

Makes 5 gallons

Inspired by Club-Mate produced by Loscher Brewery:

Modified version of recipe by Dave Toews:


  • 400 g loose Yerba Mate tea leaves
    • I used Rosamonte Especiale, ordered on Amazon
  • 650 g sugar
  • 6 cups agave syrup
    • Could substitute another 650 g sugar
  • 4000 mg Caffeine
    • I dissolved No-Doze pills in a cup of water and filtered out solids (corn starch)
    • Use caution if handling pure caffeine—danger of excess exposure
  • 2.5 tsp. citric acid
  • 2 tbsp. robust molasses (I used “Grandma’s” brand)
  • 0.25 tsp. Angostura orange bitters
  • Homebrewer’s kegging supplies: 5-gallon Corny Keg, CO2 tank, regulator


  1. Cold-brew the Yerba Mate tea by mixing leaves into ~3 L water, and letting soak in refrigerator for 12-24 hours.
  2. Filter out the tea.  I used a spaghetti colander to get out most of the leaves, followed by a fine mesh strainer.
  3. Heat ~1-gallon water in a large pot. Dissolve sugar, agave syrup, caffeine, citric acid and molasses.
  4. Combine hot mixture and tea in keg, and fill to 5 gallons with cold water. 
  5. Add orange bitters
  6. Seal keg, shake to mix, and carbonate to 15 psi.