Beth at Living Life Intentionally has lined up a fabulous group of bloggers to take us on a December journey around the world to see how Christmas is celebrated globally. Check out this page for all the other countries, including a free ebook covering all the countries
I knew immediately which country I would explore- Argentina. Two of my cousins have ties to Argentina (one lived there, another travels there for work). The picture below is of my cousin holding the flag of Argentina – 1 white stripe in between 2 blue stripes. A sun is centered inside the white stripe.
It is a communal drink, with everyone passing the calabash gourd and taking turns sipping from the bombilla.
- First the bombilla is inserted into the calabash gourd.
- The calabash gourd is filled with yerba, almost to the top of the top.
- Next slowly add hot water, pouring it only on the same place. Keep pouring until the water is almost to the top, making sure that some leaves remain dry.
- If sugar is being added, place it on top of the leaves at the spot where the water is being poured.
- The person who prepares the mate sips first. He sips until he drinks most of the water. The person preparing the yerba mate usually fills the calabash gourd with water two or three times before passing it on, because initially most of the water is absorbed and the drink is very bitter.
- Once the cup is passed on, the next person sips from it until the water is gone and passes it back to the original person. The calabash gourd is then filled with water again (always pouring hot water in the same place). The drink is then passed on to the next person, and the process repeats, until everyone has some.