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 and Amazon.. (In addition to matcha lattes, you can use the powder for desserts, such as green tea cookies and matcha pound cake.)
I don't own a fancy espresso machine, and my milk frother broke a while back. So I've been making my green tea lattes in a cocktail shaker, which works out very nicely. All you do is dissolve the green tea powder with hot water, add the rest of the ingredients, shake, and strain into a glass. If you don't have a cocktail shaker, you can shake it in a covered mason jar and strain in a fine mesh strainer.
Have you ever tried using matcha powder in drinks or desserts?
Iced Matcha Latte
- 1 1/2 teaspoons matcha (green tea) powder
- 3 tablespoons hot water
- 1 1/2 tablespoon agave nectar or honey, or to taste
- 1 cup almond milk or soy milk
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the matcha powder and hot water and stir until the powder is dissolved. Stir in the agave nectar. Fill the cocktail shaker halfway with ice, then pour in the almond milk. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds, until the cocktail shaker is very cold, then strain into a glass. Serve cold.