Mate is made from the green leaves of a tree which resembles the Holly. This drink is originally from Paraguay, the south of Brazil and north of Argentina. It was consumed by the local native people, and later become the drink of the Gauchos, the South American cowboys. The tea is typically served in a calabash with a silver straw called a bombilla. Mate's stimulating effect lasts longer than that of coffee, and a short infusion is more stimulating than a longer one. Mate is rich in tannin and vitamin C. It can be enjoyed hot or cold, with or without milk, or with the addition of fruit or orange peel. This drink has light-caramel flavour. Blending with other herbs like peppermint and lemongrass will be great.