Brazilian Iced Tea Recipe: Chá Mate Gelado

Brazilian Kitchen Abroad

A Rio de Janeiro classic, Brazilian Iced Tea, or Chá Mate Gelado in Portuguese, is perfect for summer to sip at the beach, by the pool, at the park or anywhere. Learn to make this classic drink recipe four different ways.

~ Brazilian Kitchen Abroad

As a girl from Rio, I can safely say: very few things are as carioca as mate gelado e biscoito globo at the beach. In fact, for locals, this iconic brew could even be considered, arguably, more popular than coconut water.

1. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar and the water over medium high heat and stir until the sugar dissolves.


2. Next, add in the chá mate and stir to combine. When the water begins to simmer — please don't actually let it boil because that could bring on bitterness from the tea leaves — turn off the heat and let it steep for at least 10 minutes.


3. Strain and cool. – Serve cold and over ice, if desired.


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