TERERÉ

GENUINELY TRADITIONAL

Tereré is more than just another beverage. Tereré is a living South American tradition that has found its way into modern times in a refreshing way. Thanks to the western health movement, the energizing and stimulating effects of cold brew mate tea are also becoming increasingly popular in Europe.

TRADITION

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE ENJOYED IN GOOD COMPANY

Tereré, made from the yerba herb, is more than a simple iced tea. Since an Argentine rarely prepares mate alone, there is a particular set of social codes to follow when enjoying the shared beverage as part of a mate circle. One person prepares the mate and is usually also the server. Usually this is also the same person who owns the Calabash (usually made of pumkin or ceramic, with a metal straw, the bombilla), and he or she refills the Calabash when it is empty. Each participant drinks the full serving from the Calabash before passing it back to the server. All use the same Calabash and Bombilla (sipping straw), and “gracias” is only said when one has had as much as one wants.

PREPARATION

REFRESHINGLY SIMPLE

The traditional preparation of Tereré is refreshingly simple. As with tea brewed with hot water, the Calabash is about half-filled with yerba mate. The mate is moistened a bit, pressed down and then ice water, sometimes containing crushed herbs, is added. Because yerba mate’s natural taste is slightly bitter, the Tereré is often naturally flavored with the juice of citrus fruits, or, as in the case of PUERTO MATE® Tereré, with lemon grass or pomegranate juice.

BOMBILLA & CALABASH

GENUINELY CLASSIC

Those who like it genuinely traditional drink Tereré through a bombilla. This is a metal drinking straw with a sieve at the bottom which prevents tea leaves from being sucked up into the straw. High-quality bombillas are made of silver and are elaborately decorated, as are the Calabashes which are made of pumpkin and ceramic. The optimal placement of the bombilla in the Calabash is the subject of various culinary beliefs in the traditional mate areas.