Mate gelado
(Iced Mate Tea)

mategelado.jpg (61169 bytes)This is one of Brazil's favorite summer drinks (and, in my not-so-humble opinion, far better than regular iced tea). If you've ever been to the beach in Rio, you've seen and heard the beverage sellers who walk up and down amid sunbathers and volleyball players...here's a picture of what they sell, in this case, a tangerine-flavored iced mate tea.

If you'd like to try it, fortunately mate tea is available in the U.S. Just make it as you would a regular iced tea and add sugar to taste. Next time you go to South Beach, take a thermos filled with iced mate tea with you to the beach and pretend you're in Rio!

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