Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Tereré (ka'ay in Guarani), the national drink of Paraguay, is similar to an iced herbal tea, except it is prepared with cold water instead of being brewed with hot water, then cooled.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Paraguayan, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Author: Nicole Le Strange
  • 6 tablespoons yerba mate (tea from Paraguay)
  • Ice cubes (a couple of handfuls)
  • Cold water
  • 2 limes , sliced (with the skin)
  • A few mint leaves (optional)
  1. Place the ice into the bottom of a 4-cup thermos flask, add the lime and mint, and fill with cold water.
  2. Fill your guampa about half-full of yerba mate.
  3. Place your palm over the mouth of the guampa, and give it a good shake. This will settle the plant material.
  4. Carefully tip the guampa diagonally, and remove your hand. The yerba mate will now have made a slope inside the guampa.
  5. Making sure not to disturb the yerba, carefully pour a little of the infused iced water from the flask down into the hollow, and let it stand for a few seconds to allow the yerba to absorb the liquid, which will help to not clog up the bombilla.
  6. Covering the mouthpiece with your thumb, place the bombilla into the space, and gently slide it just under the yerba at the bottom.
  7. Top up with more water, and sip the tereré. Refill as desired, until the yerba loses its flavor.