Iced Yerba Mate Recipes

On a hot day, iced yerba mate tea is the perfect beverage to quench your thirst, cool you off, and provide a wealth of benefits for physical and mental wellness.

As with making other iced teas, you can choose from a number of different methods for making iced mate. But, whether you make iced mate with convenient teabags, in a traditional mate gourd, as a cold brew, or brew yerba mate in a French press and then chill it, iced yerba mate can provide so many wellness benefits (and it tastes deliciously satisfying, too). 

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Energizing, refreshing, and healthful - what's not to love about iced yerba mate? When you're ready to enjoy some of this incredible iced tea, try one of these tasty recipes. 

Make Iced Yerba Mate like Other Iced Teas

A very quick and easy way to make iced mate is simply by making double-strength hot yerba mate, and then pouring the delicious brew over ice to enjoy. (Generally, when making iced tea, plan to make it about twice as strong as hot tea - this will ensure the tea will still have plenty of flavor after you've chilled it and added ice.)

Follow this simple recipe to make iced mate from teabags or loose mate leaves. 

You'll need...

  • Two yerba mate teabags or 2 - 3 heaping teaspoons loose-leaf yerba mate tea 
  • 8 oz. fresh, delicious water, brought just to the boil.
  • Optional additions to taste, such as sweetener, citrus, or mint

To make the iced yerba mate tea...

  1. Add the teabags or loose-leaf tea to a large mug or glass (an infuser or infuser mug works beautifully for loose-leaf tea).
  2. Cool the just-boiled water slightly, and then add to the glass or mug.
  3. Cover the mate and let it steep for 3 - 8 minutes (or according to package instructions). 
  4. Remove the teabag or loose tea leaves.
  5. Let the mate come to room temperature and then pop it in the fridge to chill and enjoy later over ice. If you just can't wait, pour the mate into a large, ice-filled glass and savor it immediately! 

Some find yerba mate "as is" a bit strong to the taste, so you may prefer to add sweetener or some sort of flavoring (like a slice or two of lemon or orange) to suit your taste buds.

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A small handful of fresh herbs (mint, oregano, rosemary, lemon verbena, or whichever herbs are on hand in your indoor or outdoor herb garden) can add a healthy, rejuvenating, and tasty touch to iced yerba mate tea. Remember to crush the herbs lightly with your fingers, the back of a spoon, or a mortar and pestle first to release all of those beneficial properties.

If you'd like to make a larger batch of iced mate, make the hot mate in a French press or coffee maker, instead. Adjust the proportions given above, and make the mate as you would coffee in the French press or coffee maker. Pour the mate into a large pitcher, add sweetener as desired (adding the sweetener now will ensure it dissolves in the hot drink), let it come to room temperature, and then place in the fridge to chill. Later, serve over iced, and enjoy with a good friend (or keep it all for yourself). 

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Make Iced Mate with a Mate Gourd and Bombilla

Iced mate can also be made in a more traditional manner with a mate gourd and mate straw (called a "bombilla").

For other cool and refreshing tea treats, how about Tea Pops or Tea Smoothies

If you'd like to try a more traditional iced yerba mate recipe, first treat yourself to a mate gourd and bombilla. Then, follow the traditional yerba mate recipe you'll find here - but replace the hot water with a cold liquid, instead. 

For example, you could use ice water, lemonade, a carbonated beverage, a favorite milk (coconut, hemp, rice, almond...), or a refreshing fruit juice or combination of juices (pineapple, orange, lime, mango, grapefruit, peach... the possibilities are endless!).

Again, some fresh herbs added to the gourd will add a healthful, appetizing touch to iced yerba mate. 

Why not try...

  • For a family-friendly summer drink, add a refreshing fruit juice (like pineapple or guava) to a jug of iced yerba mate, and why not add some ice cubes with fresh fruit or herbs added to each cube? 
  • For an adult iced tea, combine with a favorite cold beer or wine.
  • Yerba mate makes a delicious cold brew tea, too.

One of the most wonderful things about tea is how it can be prepared and enjoyed in so many different ways! Yerba mate is a perfect example - this healthful brew can be made from teabags or loose tea; made in a favorite teacup, French press, coffee maker, or mate gourd; enjoyed hot, iced, or in a tea latte; and enhanced with any sort of sweetener, flavoring, liquid, herb, or spice your taste buds can imagine! Why not let your creativity loose and experiment a bit with this delightful herbal tea? 

If you're new to making iced tea, you'll find lots of helpful tips here for making perfect iced tea. And, remember that tea's taste and benefits depend partly on the water we use to make it... Drop by our Healthy Water for Tea section to learn more about choosing best water for making tea. 

"Iced tea is too pure and natural a creation not to have been invented as soon as tea, ice, and hot weather crossed paths."

-John Egerton

Want to know more about lovely yerba mate? Visit our "What is Yerba Mate Tea?" page. Already a yerba mate lover? We'd love to hear your comments! Why not share your yerba mate story with other visitors to our site? 

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