Besides the traditional hot yerba mate tea, there is also a cold version of yerba mate called tereré. This cold-brewed yerba mate is ideal to refresh and hydrate the body while adding a touch of flavor, especially in summer.
Yerba Mate is a delicious, natural and very healthy drink with enormous nutritional value and health benefits, well-known and appreciated throughout history. Although bitter and hot yerba mate tea is the most common version; this drink can actually be very versatile. There are different ways of drinking yerba mate depending on the country, the weather, the situation or individual taste.
And especially for the summer, the park, the beach (or simply for those who are looking for a refreshing drink), there is a cold version of yerba mate called tereré: a mix of cold water, ice and fruits, super fresh and enjoyable!
Tereré is a drink based on cold-brewed yerba mate. This drink is originally from Paraguay, but its popularity has extended to other yerba mate consuming countries such as Argentina, Uruguay and some regions of Chile and Brazil.
One theory says that the word tereré comes from the Guarani people, who used to drink yerba mate until they hear the sound of the last three sips: “te-re-re”. Other historians attribute that name to a derivation of the phrase “té jere” which in Guarani means “round of tea”. The Jesuit priests used this term to describe the ceremony of sharing yerba mate.
1. Fill your cup halfway with yerba mate. We recommend using fruit flavored yerba mate, like orange or citrus fruits.
2. Cover with the palm of your hand, turn it upside down and shake gently so that all the elements are well mixed.
2. Add lemon, grapefruit or orange slices to a jar or thermos filled with cold water.
3. Pour this flavored water into the yerba mate cup. Be generous the first time, soaking all the yerba. Let it rest for a few minutes and then insert the bombilla, pressing it lightly against the internal wall.
4. Add a few ice cubes and – done! You can now enjoy your tereré. Keep adding cold water or ice to your cup and drink directly from the bombilla.