Start with taking 1-3 teaspoons of mate and adding it to a cup of hot water. Allow to steep for 5 minutes. Then warm up a cup of milk (almond milk adds sweetness and is a favorite of mine here.) Strain out the mate and add the warm milk. Delicious. A variation of this is to use a teaspoon of jiaogulan with a teaspoon of mate. Jiaogulan has many health giving properties that you can read about here.