Tereré, photo by Hispanic Kitchen
Cuisine: Paraguayan
Prep Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 glasses
Refreshing, very low calorie summer drink. Tereré has a lot of antioxidant properties and it is the perfect non-alcoholic beverage for hot summer days.

Tereré is the name given to ice cold yerba mate tea. Although most people relate yerba mate to Argentina, neighboring Paraguay is famous for this strong and refreshing herbal infusion that's perfect for the summer.

The Guaraní, a group of indigenous people of Paraguay, are the creators of this drink.  Tereré has been consumed as a social beverage for centuries, especially in the sizzling hot summer months.

Argentina and Uruguay also consume a similar drink but they usually they add fruits! You can do so too, although I enjoy an ice-cold Tereré on its own.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon yerba mate organic, loose leaf
  • 32 oz water

Directions

  1. Heat the water to about 155ºF
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of yerba mate per 8oz of water to a French press (if your French press is larger, add the appropriate amount).
  3. Brew the yerba mate for 5–10 minutes, then pour into a pitcher with ice, and allow to cool down.

Chef Notes

You can add fruits to this delicious herbal iced tea.

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