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Tereré Recipe – How to Make Iced Yerba Mate

Tereré is a traditional iced yerba mate tea from Paraguay. It is a healthy and refreshing drink full of flavor. Check out this recipe and learn how to make it!
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 1


  • A glass or yerba mate gourd
  • Yerba mate bombilla


  • Loose leaf yerba mate
  • Cold water
  • Ice cubes

Optional ingredients:

  • Lime juice
  • Fresh orange (or other fruit) juice
  • Mint leaves (or other herbs)


  • Fill your glass (or gourd) about half full with loose leaf yerba mate.
  • Cover the glass with your palm and turn it sideways so that the yerba mate will be on the other side.
  • Place your bombilla on the side of the glass where there is empty space. Add a few ice cubes.
  • Pour water into the gourd, but don’t fill it all the way. Let it steep for just a moment, to increase the amount of flavor. You can also use a mixture of water and fruit juice, and add some fresh mint.
  • Enjoy your tereré! Avoid moving the bombilla while drinking it, so that the particles don’t go inside.
  • When there is no more liquid, fill the glass or gourd again with cold liquid. You can keep on refilling it until the yerba starts to lose its taste.