Some Like It Hot Recipe Series - Part 1

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Some Like It Hot Recipe Series - Part 1

When we told you Yaupon is both delicious and versatile, we weren’t exaggerating. To prove it to you, we’re bringing you six recipes that are sure to excite your senses and inspire you to incorporate more wildcrafted ingredients into your caffeinated daily rituals. Our loose-leaf tea is compatible with french presses, tea strainers, coffee makers, and even your reusable Keurig cup (about 1.5tsp per serving). While it’s delicious on its own, it combines nicely with your wild foraged or cultivated plants, as well as with other Surthrival products!


Green, un-roasted Yaupon has many of the flavors and characteristics of a traditional green tea, but with less tannins so it’s less bitter and you don’t have to meticulously time how long you steep it. Natives who brewed "black drink" often did so for several hours, but we assure you 4-7 minutes is plenty (you can even re-steep the leaves if you want to).

"The Green Man"

This is a delicious and nutrient-dense blend of Yaupon and wild stinging nettle, rich in vitamins and minerals. You could use another of your favorite dried herbs as well.

  1. Steep 1.5 tsp Green Yaupon and 8-10 dried wild nettle leaves together for 4-7 minutes.
  2. Pour 1 tsp of honey or maple syrup into the bottom of your mug.
  3. Pour the hot tea over the honey—this helps break up and dissolve the sweetener a bit better than adding it afterwards.


“The Pink Lady”

The base of this iced tea is as simple as it gets, but we’ve added some dramatic flare. Hibiscus and Surthrival Schizandra berry frozen into the ice cubes keeps the colors and flavors changing as the ice melts.  


  1. In an empty ice cube tray, place 2-3 dried hibiscus flowers and a pinch of Surthrival schizandra berry into each cube compartment. Cover fully with fresh or filtered water and freeze.
  2. Brew the Yaupon tea either by kettle or—even better—by sunlight. Add your favorite natural sweetener to taste. Let it chill thoroughly before serving.
  3. Serve with 2-3 hibiscus and Schizandra ice cubes for an insane iced-tisane. 


Other ways you can use your Yaupon:


  • Freeze ANY of these recipes to make popsicles.
  • Infuse into bone broth (this is a great way to use your leaves after you’ve steeped them once).
  • Finely grind green Yaupon and use just like matcha!
  • Infuse honey or oils.


Show us what you’re making with your Yaupon by posting to Facebook or Instagram, tagging @Surthrival and using the hashtag: #YauponBuzz. Bottoms up!

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