Mate Gelado
(Iced Mate Tea)

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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'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. Next time you go to Miami Beach, take a thermos filled with iced mate tea with you to the beach and pretend you're in Rio!

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