Super easy to make and refreshing, this iced version of traditional matcha green tea is perfect for all matcha purists out there.
This one’s for all you matcha purists out there. You know who you are.
Michelle at Chalait, a matcha bar in NYC, gave me a quick demo on how they make their iced matcha drinks and it was an eye-opener.
No matcha bowls or whisks needed. Their secret to getting smooth, clump-free matcha is a water bottle. Yup, a wide-mouth Hydro Flask.
I was shocked at how efficiently the water bottle worked in creating perfect, cold matcha tea.
I’ve always used traditional matcha tools like a bamboo whisk but I’ve been making things harder for myself. This method is far better and quicker. This is how I make all my iced matcha drinks now.
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What I Used to Make This Iced Matcha
The brighter the green, the more expensive. Find matcha that costs between $25 – $50 for this drink. You can get a little more expensive since you’re not diluting it with anything other than ice and water.
- Cocktail shaker or hydro flask
Any wide-mouth container with an air-tight lid will do.
- Glass cup
- Ice cube tray
Let’s talk matcha.
Matcha is a Japanese powered green tea that is produced/created through a very particular process that makes it much more expensive than most other kinds of tea.
It’s not unheard of to find small tins of matcha for $90. But you’ll also see matcha for just $10.
The more expensive the matcha is, the brighter the green and better the quality.
There’s also fake matcha out in the market that’ll be marked as ‘powdered green tea’ instead of matcha. Those are poor quality Chinese versions that don’t go through the painstaking process as matcha does in Japan.
Go for the brightest green in the $25-$40 for this recipe since it’s not diluted with milk and you’ll get the full impact of the matcha taste.
You can go cheaper, and less green, for when matcha doesn’t stand on its own and is added to recipes or into lattes. For that, look to spend around $15-$25 a tin.
How to Make Iced Matcha, Step-by-Step
Start with a glass filled with ice. I like these smaller cubed ones using this ice cube tray.
Next, pour 3/4 cup cold water. If you have filtered water, that would be best to really bring out the matcha flavor.
Ok, here’s the workout portion of this recipe.
Into a cocktail shaker, or any air-tight, wide-mouth container, pour in 1/4 cup cold water followed by a teaspoon of matcha.
Shake, shake, shake. Shake, shake, shake vigorously for about 10-20 seconds.
Into the glass of ice water, pour in the cold matcha tea.
It’s so fun to watch the matcha green swirling around. Make this for your guests at your next get-together and they’ll be wowed. It’s mesmerizing.
Give it a little swirl to make sure the matcha is well incorporated into the cold water and sip away!
This iced matcha doesn’t have any sugar or honey to sweeten. I would strongly suggest pairing it — with what is traditionally paired with matcha — something sweet. The sugary treat gives the matcha a nice balance.
You want to have something sugary. Think mochi, and if you can get them, I would recommend wagashi, bite-sized Japanese confections. Also, any pastry would go well with matcha.
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 cup ice
- 1 teaspoon matcha
Fill glass with ice and 3/4 cup cold water.
In a cocktail shaker, pour in remaining 1/4 cup water and then matcha. Close lid and shake vigorously for 10-20 seconds.
Pour matcha into the ice water glass and stir well before drinking.