For the last few weeks I’ve been switching over my morning caffeinated beverages from hot to cold. For the mornings when I’m groggier than usual and in dire need of caffeine, I’ll do cold brew coffee instead of hot. And for the rest of the time, when I’m already pretty functional, I’ll make a nice iced matcha latte in place of hot green tea.
As someone who’s not a fan of the coffee chains that sell overly sweetened iced matcha lattes, I like making them at home much better. It’s really pretty simple. And all you really need is some matcha powder, agave nectar or honey, almond or soy milk, hot water, and ice.
If you’ve never made drinks with green tea powder before, you’re in for a treat. It has a more concentrated earthy flavor than bagged or even whole leaf green tea that you would normally buy in the US. You can get matcha powder at many Japanese markets or online at places like Matcha Source, Amazon, or Kalustyan’s. (In addition to matcha lattes, you can use the powder for desserts, such as green tea cookies and matcha pound cake.) (more…)