Iced Black Sesame Latte

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This tasty and refreshing iced black sesame latte is ready in 5 minutes with just 5 ingredients. See how easy it is to make this caffeine-free drink at home.

Iced Black Sesame Latte in a clear glass.

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Iced Black Sesame Latte

Iced black sesame latte is a delicious, unique drink made with black sesame paste, brown sugar, milk, water, and ice.

Black sesame latte drinks are popular in Asian countries like Japan, where they are known as a goma latte.

Black sesame is an ingredient that’s used often in Asian cooking, including in desserts such as cheesecake or creme brulee, to add a nutty, toasty aroma. It pairs nicely with vanilla and chocolate.

Though it’s called a latte, this drink doesn’t contain tea or coffee, and doesn’t contain any caffeine.

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Recipe Highlights

  • Nutty and creamy, this iced black sesame latte is a cold drink made with black sesame paste, brown sugar, milk, water, and ice.
  • Store-bought black sesame paste is the key ingredient in this drink.
  • A balanced ratio of black sesame paste, sugar, water, and milk creates a drink that has just the right sweetness and nuttiness.

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Ingredient Notes

Black Sesame Latte ingredients measured in cups and labeled on a table.
  • Black sesame paste: Available online or at Asian supermarkets, black sesame paste is a blend of ground sesame seeds with oil and sometimes a sweetener like honey.
  • Brown sugar: Brown sugar has a caramel-like flavor that pairs nicely with black sesame. You can use white sugar if you don’t have brown sugar.
  • Milk: Whole milk adds creaminess to this drink, but plant-based milks like oat milk also work.
  • Water: Use filtered water for a better tasting drink.
  • Ice: Make ice from filtered water if possible.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Black sesame paste, hot water, and brown sugar being frothed together.

Step 1: Combine black sesame paste with hot water and brown sugar. Blend ingredients together using a handheld milk frother.

Pouring black sesame mixture in a cup.

Step 2: Pour black sesame mixture into a tall glass.

Ice and black sesame mixture in a cup.

Step 3: Add ice.

Pouring milk into a cup with black sesame mixture and ice.

Step 4: Top with milk. Stir before drinking.

Recipe Notes

Get high-quality ingredients.
Since this drink is made from only 5 ingredients, it’s important to use quality products, especially the black sesame paste.

Use a handheld milk frother to get the best texture.
It’ll help form a smooth black sesame base that mixes nicely into the milk.

Black sesame paste doesn’t dissolve.
Black sesame paste is made with finely ground black sesame. This means the ground sesame won’t dissolve entirely into a liquid but instead, suspends. It’s natural to see black spots in the drink.

Expert Tips

  • Since this recipe includes brown sugar, be sure to buy sugar-free black sesame paste. Otherwise the drink may taste too sweet.
  • To mix the black sesame paste with water, make sure to use hot water since it’ll be harder to combine with cold water.
  • Add tapioca balls to make turn this into a Black Sesame Bubble Tea.

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Questions You May Have

Is black sesame good for you?

Black sesame seeds are high in iron, zinc, fatty acids, and antioxidants.

Does a black sesame latte have caffeine?

Nope, there’s no caffeine in any of the ingredients in this drink so it’s completely caffeine-free.

Is black sesame spicy?

Black sesame is not spicy, but can be a bit bitter if too much is used.

Iced Black Sesame Latte in clear glass.

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5 from 1 vote

Iced Black Sesame Latte

By: Jee Choe
This decadent and aromatic iced black sesame latte is ready in minutes. The nutty, creamy drink is surprisingly easy to make at home with just 5 ingredients.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 serving (16 ounces)

Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon black sesame paste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup milk, (any kind)

Instructions 

  • Combine black sesame paste with hot water and brown sugar.
    Gently mix, then whisk ingredients together using a handheld milk frother.
  • Pour black sesame mixture into a cup.
  • Add ice and top with milk.
    Stir before drinking.

Notes

  • Black sesame paste is made with finely ground black sesame, which means the ground sesame won’t dissolve entirely into a liquid. It’s natural to see black spots in the iced latte.
  • You can use white sugar if you don’t have brown sugar.
  • Whole milk adds creaminess to this drink, but plant-based milks like oat milk also work.
  • Since this recipe includes brown sugar, be sure to buy sugar-free black sesame paste. Otherwise the drink may taste too sweet.
  • To mix the black sesame paste with water, make sure to use hot water since it’ll be harder to combine with cold water.
  • Add tapioca balls to make turn this into a Black Sesame Bubble Tea.

Nutrition

Calories: 283Carbohydrates: 37gProtein: 9gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 115mgPotassium: 435mgFiber: 1gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 396IUCalcium: 407mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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