Iced Yerba Mate Recipes

On a hot day, a tall glass (or big jug!) of iced yerba mate tea will quench your thirst, cool you off, and provide a wealth of benefits for physical and mental health!

As with making other iced teas, you have many options as to how to make iced yerba mate. But, whether you make your iced mate from a teabag or two, by brewing mate in your French press and then chilling it, or in a traditional mate gourd, your iced mate will provide so many health benefits - and taste deliciously satisfying, too!

Low-calorie, energizing, refreshing, and healthful - what's not to love about iced yerba mate?

Iced Yerba Mate Recipes

Make Iced Yerba Mate like Other Iced Teas

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

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

You'll need...

To make the iced yerba mate tea...

  1. Add the teabags or loose-leaf tea to a large mug or glass (an infuser is a good idea if you're using loose-leaf yerba mate).
  2. Cool the just-boiled water slightly (to 160 - 180F / 71 - 82C), and then add to your glass or mug.
  3. Cover your mate and let it steep for 3 - 8 minutes (covering your tea will keep in all those beneficial properties). 
  4. Remove the teabag or loose tea leaves.
  5. Now, you can either pop the mate in the fridge and enjoy it later over ice or, if you simply can't wait, pour the tea into a large, ice-filled glass and savor it immediately!
  6. Optional:  Add extras if you wish, like sweetener, citrus peel, mint, or a dash or two of your favorite flavoring. Remember, add sweetener to hot tea to be sure the sweetener dissolves completely. 

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), and place in the fridge to chill. Serve over ice - and enjoy! :) 

Iced Yerba Mate Recipes

If mate is new to you, keep in mind that many people find yerba mate as is a bit astringent or strong to the taste, so you may prefer to add sweetener or some sort of flavoring to enhance the flavor to suit your taste buds.

A handful of fresh herbs (mint, oregano, rosemary, lemon verbena, or whichever herbs you have in your indoor or outdoor herb garden) can add a healthy, rejuvenating, and tasty touch to your iced 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!

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').

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 drink, your 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!).

Yerba Mate Benefits & You!

What do you think of yerba mate? If you've tried this herbal tea, why not share your thoughts and opinions about yerba mate benefits for health and wellness with our other readers? We'd love to hear what you think! Click here to join the conversation and share your experience with mate. 

And, of course, some fresh herbs added to the gourd will add a healthy, appetizing touch to your iced tea. 

A yerba mate latte is another amazingly delicious, soothing way to enjoy this herbal tea! You'll find a recipe for yerba mate latte here. 

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One of the very amazing things about tea is how it can be prepared and enjoyed in so many different ways!

Yerba mate is a wonderful example - this healthful brew can be made from teabags or loose tea; made in your favorite teacup, a 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? We'd love to hear about your favorite ways to prepare yerba mate - let us know in the Yerba Mate Comments section here!

Why not try...

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

More about Yerba Mate Benefits

Yerba Mate Benefits - If you enjoy herbal teas, you'll be hard pressed to find a healthier, more beneficial herbal tea than mate! Read more about the many ways this tea can benefit your physical, mental, and emotional health. 

Yerba Mate Benefits & You! - What do you think of yerba mate tea? Why not share your thoughts and opinions about yerba mate and its health benefits with our other readers? And, see what other visitors to our site have to say about mate, as well. 

Side Effects of Yerba Mate - Mate is brimming with health and wellness benefits, but be sure to stay informed about any potential side effects of yerba mate before you add this tea to your day. 

Yerba Mate for Weight Loss - If you've been thinking of losing a few pounds for health reasons or just to feel a bit better about yourself, here are some of the reasons yerba mate for weight loss might be a good choice for you.

Yerba Mate Recipes - Whether you'd like to learn more about making yerba mate the 'traditional' way, are interested in trying iced mate, or are craving a steamy yerba mate latte, you'll find a recipe here.

What is Yerba Mate? - Get to know the South American Ilex paraguariensis shrub and the flavorful herbal tea made from its dried leaves. 

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