Matcha lattes are delicious, creamy, and slightly bitter drinks made with a special kind of green tea leaves. They’re delicious all year round — but sometimes it’s just too hot for a hot latte. That’s where the iced matcha latte comes in!
Here’s an easy iced matcha latte recipe to try today. All you need are a few simple ingredients, like matcha powder and honey, to make this refreshing (and healthy) drink.
What is matcha?
Matcha is an intensely green powder made from the finely ground leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. It has a very herbal, earthy flavor, and it’s been used in Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries.
Beyond the flavor, there are a few great reasons to try matcha. A regular cup of tea is made by steeping the tea leaves in hot water and then discarding them. When you drink a cup of matcha, you’re drinking the powdered tea leaves themselves — so you get all of the nutrients. Matcha is full of antioxidants that can help your metabolism and even lower your risk of heart disease! Plus, you’ll find a little boost of caffeine to get you going.
Iced Matcha Latte Recipe
- Blender or mason jar
- Tall glass
- 12 ounces milk
- 2 teaspoons matcha powder
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Pour milk, matcha powder, and honey into a blender or mason jar. Blend or shake the mixture until it’s completely smooth and lump-free.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Pour the matcha and milk mixture over the ice.
- Serve and enjoy!
Iced Matcha Latte Brewing Tips
The above recipe is the easiest way to make an iced matcha latte. Blend or shake the three ingredients together to make a tasty cold drink! But there are many ways to customize this drink:
Types of Milk
You can use any kind of milk in your iced matcha latte — even almond or oat milk! A classic iced matcha latte might use 2% or skim cow’s milk, but we find that almond milk adds a nice nutty flavor and lowers the calorie content at the same time. Why not try your favorite milk and see what you think?
Matcha has a strong flavor, so many people like to add a little sugar to round it out. If you’re a serious matcha fan, feel free to skip the sweeteners entirely. Or if you don’t want to use honey, you can always use regular white sugar, agave, or even stevia.
Our recipe uses a ratio of 1 teaspoon of matcha powder to 6 ounces of milk. If that’s not strong enough for you, add a little more matcha. You can also usually find the recommended ratio on your matcha powder’s packaging. Again, experimenting to find your favorite flavor balance never hurts!
We hope this recipe helps you enjoy your matcha powder in a new way or impress your friends and family. Matcha is traditionally served hot, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed over ice! Try this tasty recipe and you’ll see what we mean.
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